President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has outlined what her administration would do toward improving the nation’s healthcare delivery and resilient health sector.The President, in her Thursday, November 19 address to the nation, said her government’s plans for rebuilding a resilient healthcare system include improved conditions for healthcare workers, upgrading major referral and county hospitals, training of medical personnel and arranging an effective system for drug supply.In the President’s nationwide address, she touched on a number of health issues affecting the entire country. In the health sector, which was severely challenged by Ebola, according to President Sirleaf, her administration has made some achievements. “But the fragility exposed during the Ebola attack was a reflection of the overall fragility of our post-conflict disposition,” the Liberian leader said.Among the achievements in the sector, she told Liberians and their foreign partners that access to health services and to healthcare increased from 41 percent in 2007 to 71 percent in 2013. “This was made possible by increased health facilities from 354 in 2006 to 712 in 2012. Ten public health facilities were established,” she said.She mentioned that before she leaves office, her administration would construction additional health facilities. The President also said that a free package of health services across the country has increased access by 71 percent. However, President Sirleaf stated that maternal mortality, which decreased significantly, has once again climbed to an “unacceptable level due to the impact of Ebola.” She said that progress in reducing infant mortality enabled Liberia to achieve the now expired Millennium Development Goals Number 4, which focused on child mortality. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“We don’t want to lose focus. We now want to find a way where we can be able to balance between the two; league and GOtv Shield. That is one area we need to be very careful of because we might end up messing ourselves,” Manoah told Capital Sport.He adds; “If it were me, the NSL is of more importance. We missed last year by a whisker and this time we cannot afford to miss. We should not make a mistake of losing focus.”The former Chemelil Sugar head coach has asked for commitment from his players, noting they have a good shot of playing Premier League football for the first time in their history.Vihiga leads the National Super League table with 40 points after 20 matches, keeping a four-point buffer between them and second placed Nairobi Stima.“It is not a big gap and we need to be very careful with our remaining games. The Super League is very competitive,” the tactician added.Meanwhile Manoah hopes the new Vihiga County Government will continue supporting the team despite a change in leadership that saw incumbent Moses Akaranga replaced by former Emuhaya MP Wilber Otichillo.Vihiga United midfielder Charles Okwemba vies for the ball with Tusker FC’s Boniface Muchiri during a GOtv Shield quarter final clash at the Nyayo Stadium on August 20, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe tactician admitted they faced a tough build-up to their GOtv Shield match against Tusker due to the change of guard, but the win calmed their nerves even as they lay hope that Otichillo and his team will not drop them off the huge plate of county government funds.Akaranga had invested hugely in the team, sponsoring them to a tune of almost Sh40mn a season and had also bought them a team bus.“The outgoing governor was very passionate and committed to engaging the youth through football. We are heartbroken with the changes; we are nervous because we don’t know whether the incoming executive will still support us. If not, then we will have lost four years of hard work,” the tactician narrated.He however hopes the fact that they are on the verge of KPL promotion and have secured a GOtv Shield semis slot for the first time in their history will convince the new county bosses to ensure the flow of finances does not dry up.“The win against Tusker was very important for the players especially because it will stabilize their minds, motivate them and as we shift focus back to the league, we will be calmer and less stressed,” the tactician admitted.Vihiga will shift their attention to their league tie against St Joseph Youth in Mumias on Sunday afternoon.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Vihiga United head coach Edward manoah during a past match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 21 – National Super League side Vihiga United would rather concentrate on earning promotion to the Kenyan Premier League than put all their efforts towards hunting for GOtv Shield honours, head coach Edward Manoah has hinted.Vihiga cruised to the semi-finals of the Shield with a shocking 2-0 win over defending champions Tusker FC, but though Manoah says they will strive to strike a balance between the two competitions, earning promotion tops his agenda.