GAVI Delegation Calls on Vice President Boakai

Friday, 8th February 2008
Monrovia, Liberia - A three-member delegation from the Washington and Geneva offices of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and  Immunization (GAVI), accompanied by Deputy Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn Friday paid a courtesy call on Vice President Joseph N. Boakai at his Sinkor office.

In remarks, Vice President Boakai lauded officials of the Health and Social Welfare Ministry for their 'resourcefulness' in seeking assistance for the nation's health sector.

He observed that the Health Ministry is one of the first government institutions to evolve a policy document which has been rated highly, noting that because of the hard work of the team at the Ministry of Health, the country's health system is being put on the right course.

Vice President Boakai thanked the GAVI delegation for the interest they have shown in Liberia, and said the Government appreciates their support.

He noted that for a country like Liberia coming out of war, every sector of the country was a priority, but emphasized that Liberians appreciate the support being provided by GAVI.

Briefing the Vice President earlier, Deputy Health Minister Dahn said the GAVI delegation arrived at the weekend on an assessment mission, and that they visited the health Ministry, hospitals and clinics and interviewed health workers and beneficiaries to find out the efficacy of services being rendered.

She said the delegation was also here to find out some of the challenges facing the country's health system.

Madam Richelle Ogle of the Washington based GAVI Fund said the team was impressed with the progress Liberia has made in immunization.

Madam Ogle however said lack of logistics like refrigerators and cold storage for preservation of vaccines as well as lack of trained manpower, were challenges facing the nation's health system.

She stressed the need to train health practitioners to man the country's health sector, and  pledged her organization's continued support to the country's health system.