Too long Liberia has lacked behind, appallingly in its healthcare delivery scheme as a result of its failure on the part of successive Governments to institute sound policies.
This heartbreaking image of the country’s general growth and development situation, is unarguably a product of the long years of civil turbulence that crippled the foundation of the West African Nation.
Nevertheless, ever since Liberians have placed behind them the dark days of history and the country remained challenged with loads of problems, poor healthcare, showing as the most serious threat to the survivability of the nation and its people.
Following end to the crisis, Liberians were excited over the election of a democratically elected president, thereby regaining some hope in a better future for all.
Interestingly, the country was blessed to hold a landmark election that produced Africa’s first female elected president. The election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as President no doubt rekindled the hope of every Liberian for several reasons.
On first account, President Sirleaf is a long time campaigner for social justice and with her years of experience as an administrative bureaucrat, coupled with admirable academic credentials, Liberians were upbeat over her election, strongly believing that the time was ripe for a forward match, especially following the fratricidal nightmare.
Secondly, she has very good international contacts that have made her very popular and her financial background is an added assets. So, here were high hopes of Liberians that her ascendency would mean a lot for the country.
The President did not fall short in rekindling the hope of a wretched population upon her ascendency at the country’s uppermost political office in 2006.
Even though she emerged as victor through a run-off election, President Sirleaf became the beckon of hope for Liberians given the immense international acknowledgments that followed her inaugural ceremony.
However, with the many promises made during her inaugural ceremony, the Ellen regime soon began to falter on several accounts. Key national questions fast emerged at the bewilderment of Liberians both in and outside of the country.
Basic social services, which the President vowed to deliver within her initial six months in office could not be provided, either due to the lack of political will or weak governance system. At current, the question of water and electricity remain a major stumbling block impeding development. Finance Minister Amara Konneh was right recently when he declared that a country’s economy can never develop in the absence of electricity.
Power generation could be a sizable percentage of the country’s problem but healthcare is the most serious nightmare, which poses the biggest threat to Liberia. The situation has now become a survival of the fittest matter at many health centers in the country.
Those who cannot afford to fly abroad for medical treatment have got no option but to seek treatment at local clinics and hospitals lacking trained medical personnel or with no modern facilities and equipment. This is the appalling nature of the country’s healthcare delivery system that must be tackled by our Government.
But sadly, the situation has reached a dangerous proportion as less money was now being pumped into our health system, while huge sum are being allotted to salaries and benefits for officials of this regime. Most distressing here is that many sit on public resources and exploit same for private gains.
We believe the time was now to halt the huge spending on luxurious vehicles. Government must redirect her policies in the interest of the masses.
Taking away portions of salaries and benefits to support our healthcare delivery system is imperative in addressing the vices in the country’s health sector.
At a time when maternal mortality was on the increase, Liberians will hold their Government responsible for the threat, if it fails to be practical in cutting off the huge spending.
It is indeed depressing to see many mothers die at child birth while officials of Government cruise in luxurious vehicles and remained empowered to fly family members abroad for regular medical checkups. This is cruelty to the highest and only insensitive regimes can condone such.
Madam President, as Liberia aspires to position with others in meeting up with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) come 2015, time does not favor you and your administration to put into place measures that would present our nation as an honest actor in the fight against maternal mortality.
We hold trust in your ability to thwart the national threat Madam President. Please trim down the huge disbursement to save the lives of our pregnant mothers and unborn children.