The National Public Health Institute of Liberia has acknowledged complaints about its employees being involved in extortion and fraud related to COVID-19 test results.
A situation report released by the National Public Health Institute of Liberia on February 26 about the country’s preparedness for Ebola outbreaks has highlighted major challenges at healthcare facilities.
A situational report released by the National Public Health Institute of Liberia on February 21 shows that health authorities have had at least six suspected Ebola cases since the recent outbreak in Guinea. All have tested negative.
The Executive Mansion has announced that the director-general of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia, Mosoka Fallah, has been suspended indefinitely by Pres. George Weah for “ethical, professional, and administrative lapses.”
Interviews with dozens of individuals who have been tested suggest that Liberia has not put in place an efficient enough mechanism for distributing results after COVID-19 tests.
Amid a health pandemic that has restricted movements and face-to-face interactions, many professionals across Liberia, including health workers, journalists, and educators, are reporting increased use of technology to do their work.
President George Weah has extended the state of emergency by an additional 30 days, as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to escalate. The extension comes even though the president had earlier announced that no extension would occur.
As of June 2, Liberia has recorded 296 confirmed Coronavirus cases since the first index case was reported on March 16. The relatively low number of cases, in a region not particularly known for its robust health system, begs the question: Is Liberia testing enough, or are health authorities still missing many cases due to a lack of tests?