Senate Receives Act to Establish MOH

first_imgThe Liberian Senate during the 4th day sitting of its Extraordinary Session yesterday received from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, an Act to amend the new Executive Law of 1972 establishing the Ministry of Health.In her letter dated September 12, 2015, President Sirleaf informed the lawmakers that the objective of the bill is to amend the provision of the Executive Law Part 2, Chapter 30, establishing the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare and establishes a restructured Ministry of Health, separate and distinct from Social Welfare.It is my pleasure to submit for enactment into law the attached bill titled: “An Act to establish the Ministry of Health.”The Ministry according to the Act will focus on the development of the health care sector, and when passed into law should enable the Ministry to be more responsive in providing affordable and better quality health care.“In view of the above and for the purpose of ensuring that all health sectors are more functional, I ask for the enactment of this important instrument by the Legislature.”Sponsored by Bomi County Senator Morris Saytumah, the bill was sent to the committee on Health, Gender, Women, Social Welfare and Children Protection, as a motion filed by Rivercess County Senator Francis Paye. Because of the importance attached to the Bill, it was voted that the committee do a comprehensive and thorough work and report to plenary in January, 2016.It may be recalled that Senate last June unanimously confirmed the nomination of Mr. Tolbert D. Nyenswah as Deputy Minister for Disease, Surveillance and Epidemic Control at the Ministry of Health, months before the proposed amendment to the 1972 Act that established the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare.Prior to his appointment as the first Deputy Minister at that Ministry, Mr. Nyenswah served as leader of the Incident Management Team, during the Ebola Virus outbreak. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more