In Monrovia, a five-day meeting has started with the goal of assessing the previous year and creating a five-year strategy plan for the National Public Health Institute of Liberia. The conference, with the title “Strengthening Public Health Interventions Nationwide,” will also examine the difficulties NPHIL is currently facing and develop a five-year action plan.
The aim of NPHIL to become a national and regional center of excellence in science and research, according to Director General Jane Macaulay, could only be fulfilled with the strong collaborations they have built over the previous few years. She claims that NPHIL is aware of the necessity of gathering often to discuss and effectively convey their plans and initiatives in order to make sure that the resources of their partnerships are used appropriately.
The conference attendees will assess NPHIL’s accomplishments and difficulties over the course of three days, and the institution’s five-year strategic plan will be validated over the course of the following two days, she said. In her comments on the five-strategic plan, Madam Macaulay stated that NPHIL’s mandate is to prevent, identify, and respond to risks and events to the public’s health. In order to promote public health and the country’s whole health sector, she said, “we will continue to work with the Ministry of Health and our renowned partners.”
According to her, NPHIL will start by designing this year’s programs with a holistic vision to elevate the institution to higher performance standards and qualities in order to expand its functions and realize NHPIL’s existence as a scientific institution in Liberia and a future center of excellence for public health diagnostics and surveillance in the West African Region. “We will strategically plan and guarantee that our program’s goals are focused on and in line with achieving NAPHS and GHSA’s strategic objectives,”
Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, the minister of health, praised the conference’s organizers for include the views of the entire nation in their deliberations, reviews, and validations of the NPHIL five-year plan. She claims that whether a disease enters a country via an animal or a human, it will still damage the population regardless of whether it is urban or rural.
Minister Jallah also expressed his gratitude to the medical professionals for their contributions to the fight against the coronavirus outbreak, the care of those who had the illness, and the distribution of vaccines to the public. She acknowledged that “we have done well,” but added that there was still much to be done because we needed to undertake more genome sequencing. She praised the working relationship between the Ministry of Health and NPHIL because in the past, there were some wars going on in term of differences.
In remarks, Dr. Rachel Idowu, Country Director of the US Centers for Disease Control in Liberia, commended NPHIL for upholding this long-standing custom that brings together senior government officials and donor partners. She claims that when it comes to preventing illness epidemics among the populace in Liberia, NPHIL has a distinct role to play. According to Dr. Idowu, the CDC/USA is pleased to partner with NPHIL to carry out the organization’s legal obligation to establish a secure environment for both Liberians and visitors inside its borders.
Dr. Peter L. Clement, Country Representative of the World Health Organization, assured NPHIL that this is a tremendous chance for the NPHIL and Health Ministry to assess what went well and what that has not. Dr. Clement was speaking on behalf of the UN agencies.
He said that because the WHO is also examining its plan in Liberia, the evaluation of the NPHIL’s health plan does not fall under the purview of the organization. Representatives of the World Bank, the German Technical Cooperation, the European Union, and others attended the inauguration ceremony.
Reported by: Augustine Octavius