Ellen Outlines Plans for Resilient Health Sector

first_imgPresident 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)last_img read more

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Redknapp warns Hodgson: England must reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016 AT LEAST

first_imgHarry Redknapp has warned Roy Hodgson that anything less than reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2016 will be a failure for England.The Three Lions have endured disappointing early exits in their previous two tournaments under Hodgson but Redknapp reckons they have the talent within the current squad to go all the way in France this summer.The former Tottenham and West Ham boss told talkSPORT: “We have got some outstanding young players in the country at the moment.“I look around at the rest of Europe and I don’t see any great teams. Spain, Italy, are not what they were, Belgium have got great players on paper but don’t seem to produce it as a team.“I think we have got as good a chance as anybody this year. I will be disappointed if we don’t make at least the semi-finals.”Redknapp believes the future is exciting for England with an array of talented young players at Hodgson’s disposal.Two of the country’s best prospects, Dele Alli and Ross Barkley, look to be fighting for one midfield spot at Euro 2016 but Redknapp claims they should BOTH be in the starting XI.“They are two fantastic young players – absolutely top class,” he said.“I would love to see the pair of them playing at the Euros this summer together, that is how good they are.”“I couldn’t make up my mind between the two of them. They are two big, big players for the next ten years hopefully.”last_img read more

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