Liberia Celebrates World TB Day
Liberia joined the rest of the world to celebrate the World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on Sayturday, March 24, 2018 under the theme: “Leaders make history, end TB” held in Sinkor in Monrovia.
Speaking at the program, a former Deputy Minister for Preventive Services at the Ministry of Health, Catherine T. Cooper stressed the need for political will to eradicate TB in Liberia.
Madam Cooper stated that the eradication of TB will require drastic financial support from the national government than depending on donors for support
She noted that the Ministry of Health alone cannot fight TB without financial support to civil society organizations and private health institutions in the national budget.
She indicated that strategic policies should be put into place to enhance TB control, prevention and treatment in the fight against TB in the nation.
Madam Cooper emphasized that Liberia should comply with the global agenda in eradicating TB in the country.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Health, Madam Norwu Howard said the government is committed to ensuring that TB is eradicated in Liberia.
Madam Howard assured Liberians that President George Manneh Weah remains committed to improving the health sector in the country.
She pointed out that proper awareness of TB in the communities across the nation will strengthen the eradication of the disease.
She stressed that every Liberian should also contribute towards creating the awareness about TB in the communities, noting that TB can be cured.
For his part, Grand Kru County Senator Peter Coleman, who is also Chairman of the Senate Health Committee and a former Health Minister, said the Legislature has a TB’s forum to advocate for funding to support TB programs in Liberia.
Senator Coleman stated that the forum will advocate to allot funding in the 2018 and 2019 national budget for TB eradication in Liberia.
He explained that involving community based organizations to create awareness about TB control, prevention and treatment will go a long way in eliminating the disease from Liberia.
The celebration was organized by the Ministry of Health and partners and it brought together students and community leaders from Monrovia and its environs.