Sierra Leone Justice Minister and Attorney General Josep Kamara has blamed Governments in the Mano River Union basin for the pitiable health system which was the primary reason for the increase in the number of Ebola related deaths in Liberia, Sierra and Guinea two years ago.
The Sierra Leone Justice Minister observed that the persistent “don’t care” attitudes adopted by MRU Government officials to seek medical treatments abroad rather than paying money to their own medical centers wretched the health institutions in the three countries. Minister Kamara made the statement Friday night at the Monrovia City Hall during programs marking this year’s Golden Image awards which formed part of activities for Liberia’s 169th Independence anniversary. Cllr. Kamara said such priority like spending money abroad to get medical treatments could go towards promoting the health system in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. He averred that the provision of health materials and improved facilities is paramount to the attainment of better health, and the prevention of curable diseases such as malaria which mostly affects pregnant women in the three countries. The Sierra Leone Attorney General asserted that if medical institutions in the MRU basin were up to standard likes the ones MRU Government officials run to in Europe, Americas, and other western states when they experience malaria, headache, or stomach conditions, MRU basin Ebola death rates could have been minimized. But the Sierra Leone Justice Minister noted that because Government officials within the basin don’t want to promote their own health facilities, the Ebola surge overcame Governments in the basin and amplified death rates. He urged leaders of the Mano River Union basin and government officials to prioritize their medical centers to enhance medical facilities, and stop seeking medical treatments abroad. Cllr. Kamara observed that if MRU Government officials began to promote their own medical institutions and pay better salaries for health personnel, and workers in the three countries, even Europeans will come to Africa for better treatments. He said because of lack of care by the three Governments, the Ebola disease killed more people in the sub region. He thanked the organizers of the Golden Image award for being farsighted in recognizing people who have worked tremendously to obtain peace, and promote democracy in Liberia since the end of the Liberia civil war. Cllr. Kamara said Liberia can be better than Sierra Leone, if all the citizens hold together and forget about the past and also work for better developments of the land.