Power Resumes at Health Ministry After Outage Paralyzes Operations

MONROVIA, Montserrado – Normal operations at the Ministry of Health resumed after several days of power outage paralyzed the main complex.

Sources at the ministry who spoke anonymously for fear of retaliation said employees began using other government ministries and agencies to do their daily work after the outage began on August 1.

“Normal operations at the ministry is at a standstill because of the power outage,” one source said, adding that persons trying to obtain their yellow vaccination booklet are being turned away.

On Monday, August 5, a source said Norwu Howard, the deputy health minister for administration, instructed all his staff to leave the ministry because of the power outage. No date was provided by Howard to the ministry’s staff for when to return to work.

The Health Ministry complex is virtually empty amid the power outage. Photo: Zeze Ballah

A visit by The Bush Chicken to the complex in Congo Town on Tuesday, August 6 revealed that a majority of the ministry’s offices were empty. Only a skeleton staff were seen moving around the yard.

After power returned on Thursday, August 8, the source told The Bush Chicken that the complex had simply run out of fuel and does not use electricity from the grid.

Featured photo by Zeze Ballah

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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