Health Workers Differ with NHWAL Leadership on Dahn’s Confirmation

first_imgThe presidents of two professional health groups, the Pharmaceutical Association of Liberia (PAL) and the Liberian Nursing Association (LNA), have distanced themselves from a recent petition by the leadership of the National Health Workers’ Association of Liberia (NHWAL) to the Liberian Senate to reject the nomination of Dr. Bernice Dahn as Health Minister.NHWAL president, Mr. Joseph Tamba and Secretary General, Mr. George Poe Williams, wrote a three-page letter to the Liberian Senate on April 20 outlining alleged misdeeds of the Minister of Health-designate. The health workers’ leaders asked the Senators not to confirm Dr. Dahn as Liberia’s next Minister of Health.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recently nominated Dr. Dahn to replace outgoing Health Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, who is set to go into retirement if and when the next Health Minister is confirmed.The two NHWAL leaders accused Dr. Dahn, who is presently Deputy Health Minister for Health Services and Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, “of constantly discouraging partners who wish to increase incentives for health workers.”They “strongly believe that if government’s agenda is for an improved healthcare delivery system in the post-Ebola era, then certainly Dr. Dahn, who led the sector for 10 years, cannot be a worthy steward of the Ministry of Health.”However, leaders of two professional health groups, PAL and LNA, have said even though their individual groups are not members of NHWAL, they want to differ with its leaders’ plea for the Senate to reject the Health Minister-designate.Pharmacist David Sumo, president of PAL and Mrs. Gloria Stevens, president of LNA, in separate exclusive interviews with this newspaper, said that Dr. Dahn should be given the chance to lead as the Minister-proper.  They said Dr. Dahn, who has spent nearly 10 years at the Health Ministry, is very knowledgeable about the management and functions of the Ministry so she should be allowed to help solve the problems, including some of those the health workers have raised.They praised her for her competence, qualification and endurance to ably and effectively serve as the Minister of Health.They maintain that they are not in support of Tamba and Williams’ call for the Senate to reject Dr. Dahn, who they think has “some good things on her agenda for the whole health sector, including the health workers.”Mr. Sumo and Mrs. Stevens, both said they trusted in the wisdom of the Senators, who will determine whether Dr. Dahn has the requisite qualifications for the post.In her first public pronouncement three days after the President nominated her, Dr. Dahn told an audience packed with international health partners that she would do all in her power to absorb on the GOL payroll all the health workers who are not on it. She received a standing ovation from the audience.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘No more substandard water’ – Cllr McDaid welcomes progress on Churchill water scheme

first_imgCllr James Pat welcomes the news that Irish Water have almost completed works for the upgrade of the Churchill group water scheme.Works to connect the scheme to the Goaldrum Letterkenny water supply are due for completion in the end of August.Cllr McDaid attended a meeting with Irish Water on Monday and received confirmation by email that works will be completed and upgrade is due in the coming weeks. Cllr McDaid expressed his delight that residents of the Glenswilly, Churchill and Gartan areas will now hopefully receive good quality water. He said the issue has been something he has worked hard on since his election to Donegal County Council.Cllr McDaid admitted that there have been delays along the way but the bulk of the work has being done now. Pumps are almost fitted and Irish Water officials assured him on Monday that the supply is available from Goaldrum, so it’s inevitable that the upgrade will happen in the coming weeks.A recent email received by Cllr McDaid from Irish Water regarding Churchill group water scheme said:Works have commenced at the pumping station in Gartan and when complete the Churchill water supply will be able to be fed from the Letterkenny water supply. These works will be completed towards the end of August. Elected reps will be notified when this is imminent. Cllr McDaid said he is personally delighted that this is finally going to happen.“It has taken a while but infrastructure is in place and supply is supposed to be available.“No more substandard water for the local residents,” he said.‘No more substandard water’ – Cllr McDaid welcomes progress on Churchill water scheme was last modified: July 28th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ChurchillCllr James Pat McDaidIrish Waterletterkennylast_img read more