The Nurses and Midwives Associations are urging the Senate to confirm Health Minister-designate, Dr. Bernice Dahn.
The two professional bodies, in a joint release pledging their support for the confirmation of the country’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) as Minister of Health, said Dr. Dahn’s ascendency to the ministerial position is in the best interest of the health sector of the country and would lead to making the system more vibrant and efficient.
Her nomination came after President Sirleaf’s earlier appointee, former Civil Service Agency Director General, George T. Werner, to replace retiring Minister of Health, Dr. Gwenigale, was rejected by the Senate.
Upon Dr. Dahn’s nomination, the National Health Workers Association of Liberia (NAHWAL) issued a three-page communication to the Senate calling for her rejection.
The NAHWAL leadership catalogued alleged misdeeds that, if considered, the Senate would not be able to qualify the Deputy Minister of Health and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dahn for the post of Minister.
She was accused of constantly discouraging partners who desired to increase incentives for health workers as is now the case at Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town.
But the Nurses and Midwives associations, auxiliaries of NAHWAL, are backing down from the initial plan of their parent organization.
The two associations noted in the release, “We would like to inform the general public that we are in support of the confirmation of the Minister of Health designate.” They indicated that a lot of time has been wasted, lives have been taken and experiences gained as a result of the Ebola outbreak and therefore there is a need to make progress.
The two associations noted that confirming Dr. Dahn would bring progress to the sector because she possesses a good working knowledge of the ministry’s system and policies.
“Dr. Dahn needs to be confirmed because she has started the career ladder for midwives in the country. She has the restoration of health services as part of her plans,” the release said.