WHO Rescues Liberia’s Health Sector With 17 Jeeps And Computers

fleet of Jeeps{elbcradio.com}-The World Health Organization (WHO) has donated 17 Land Cruiser Toyota Jeeps to the Liberian Health sector.

The WHO also gave one hundred fifty motor-bikes, along with several computers, to the health sector.

The donation was made early last week at the Health Ministry in Paynesville.

According to Deputy Health Minister, Tolbert Nyenswah, the vehicles and computers are intended for the various counties and district Surveillance Officers for integrated disease surveillance.

Deputy Minister Nyenswah, currently in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, said some of the vehicles and computers have already arrived in the counties.

He is part of a joint assessment team delegation in Southeastern Liberia to conduct an integrated disease surveillance and response.

Meanwhile, Health Minister, Bernice Dahn, says the Liberian Government is seeking to rebuild a resilient health system to promote health security for the citizenry.

Minister Dahn said rebuilding a resilient health system will help reduce risks of people being unhealthy, due to epidemics and to other health-related threats.

The Health Ministry Boss noted that building such health system would ensure accelerate progress towards universal health coverage.

She spoke Wednesday, March 16, 2016 in Monrovia at the launch of the electronic Disease Early Warning System which she described as an open mobile-based interface used for reporting from health facilities.

The Liberian Health Minister also said the Electronic Disease Early Warning System (EDEWS) will enhance timely notification of disease and public health events to promote evidence-based planning and decision-making.

She disclosed that the system is being piloted in 75 health facilities in Bomi, Gbarpolu, Grand Bassa and Montserrado Counties, while over one hundred fifty health workers have been trained to the use of application for reporting in such facilities.

Several international partners, including  the WHO, CDC, USAID, E-Health Africa, John Hopkins, and Emory Universities are among institutions that provided the funding and technical assistance to actualize the initiative.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.