By Zac Sherman
Liberia’s Health Minister Designate, Dr. Louise Kpoto said one of the most challenging things facing the health sector is demotivation among health workers as one of the major issues confronting health leading to low service delivery.
Speaking at her confirmation hearings yesterday before the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, Dr. Kpoto, said volunteer workers are poised to be placed on payroll under her administration as Minister of Health when confirmed by the senate.
The young female medical petitioner promised to transform the country’s health system, making it second to none in the western African region.
Dr. Louise M. Kpoto says she’s aware of the numerous challenges within the three stages of the health program in Liberia.
Madam Kpoto pointed out a decline in budgetary allocation in the national budget, adding that health funds should be increased through budgetary allocation.
Health minister designate under the Boakai’s administration added she will establish a program to allow money generated in various government hospitals placed for government revenue.
She pointed out the health insurance scheme as a major pillar her leadership will embark on when confirmed by the Senate.
According to her, monetary and evaluation are among key areas that the health system will handle.
The nominated minister of health could not project total funds needed for the health sector, but promised to carry on an assessment for informed budget decision making.
She at the same time informed lawmakers about quality assurance, training and placing the right people at the right places for productivity purposes.