The Ministry of Health (MOH) has made a “non-refundable down payment” of US$500,000 to the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the construction of 100 housing units for its “dedicated staff” in eight of the 15 counties.
Each of the housing units to be constructed in Maryland, Sinoe, Grand Gedeh, Rivercess, River Gee, Gbarpolu and Grand kru counties will have three bedrooms, the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis Nah Kateh has disclosed.
He made the disclosure in his remarks during the signing of a landmark agreement between the MOH and NHA on Tuesday, October 7.
Dr. Kateh did not say when the construction work will commence, but however noted, “These projects are expected to be completed by April 2016 with phase two on a revolving fund basis.”
He noted that the MOH has observed that poor housing facilities and high rental payments are some of the factors that discourage some of its workers across the country, thereby resulting to low output.
“If a doctor or nurse is not happy and thinking on where to sleep, this will affect his provision of care to citizens,” Dr. Kateh observed.
In remarks, Deputy Managing Director for Administration at the NHA, Prince A. Wreh, noted that the collaboration between the two government entities stemmed from an earlier initiative by the NHA Home Ownership Campaign labeled, “Empower Health Workers to Own a Home” that will benefit healthcare workers.
According to Wreh, the management of the NHA through the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) will facilitate the mortgage loan process of health workers selected by the MOH.
“The monthly loan payment for a house will not exceed US$125 over a period of 10 years,” Wreh added.
He explained that the government through the MOH and NHA prides itself on the well-being of this corps of civil servants, who continue to provide service to society amidst numerous challenges.