Ellen Sends Nursing, Midwifery Bill to Senate

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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has sent to the Senate for enactment, an Act to amend Chapter 65 and 66 of Title 33 of Public Health Law to grant autonomy to the Liberia Board of Nursing and Midwifery.

In a communication dated July 8, 2014 and addressed to the Senate, President Sirleaf noted that “as the name of the instrument suggests, the draft Act amends the Public Health Law and makes the Liberia Board for Nursing and Midwifery an autonomous agency with the exclusive power to regulate nursing and midwifery practice in Liberia.”

According to President Sirleaf’s communication, when the Act is established, the board will have the authority among other things; to create regulations, policies and punishments for the practice of nursing and midwifery; to enter into contract to afford the performance in acting this law in borrowing money in line with the Public Financial Management Act; register all person engaged in or desirous to engage in the practice of nursing and midwifery.

The President said the Act will further design and harmonize the curriculum of the midwifery institution in the country, and establish the necessary professional standards to regulate the midwifery and nursing section.

The President’s proposed amended Act wants the board to comprise of not less than 13 and not more than 17 members who shall be appointed based on a recommendation of the Professional Nursing and Midwifery Institutions; and all its members, except an ex-officio, legal adviser, shall have nursing and midwifery-related experience.

She said the Act is in continuation of reform in the health sector of the country.

The Act, which is sponsored in the Senate by the Senate Committee on Gender, Health, Social Welfare, Women and Children Affairs, Senator Peter Coleman and Grand Gedeh County Senator Isaac Nyenabo, and was sent to the committees on Health and Welfare, and Judiciary.

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