The National Patriotic Party (NPP) has for the first time, publicly called for the resignation/dismissal of Health Minister Walter Gwenigale as remedy to the numerous problems faced in the health sector.
The former ruling party through its deputy secretary general for press and propaganda, Marvin Cole, indicated that the health sector remains a critical component of the establishment of the nation, and as such, Dr. Gwenigale has no place in the administration of said sector.
Speaking at a news conference in Montserrado, Mr. Cole noted that “the poor administrative oversight” provided by the health boss shows “his inconsistency in addressing the critical health needs of the country.”
The NPP described the plights of health workers as “legitimate ones that must be addressed by national government.”
The party also urged government to take decisive action as soon as possible in an effort to remedy the “damaging situation.”
“The actions of these people have led to the death of two of our citizens in Bong County,” accused Mr. Cole.
NPP said that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf must take steps to address the social and economic crisis in the heath sector, “as an administrator,” Cole intoned, “Dr. Gwenigale failed to address a simple situation. Two of our people died as a result of the strike action in Gbatala, Bong County.”
Mr. Cole said the party strongly supports all the Liberian health workers in their quest for better lives, adding; “Dr. Gwenigale owes the health workers an apology for his behavior. He must issue an open apology to the nation’s hardworking professional medical practitioners. He helped create a situation that has brought serious embarrassment to the government and people of Liberia.
Mr. Cole is among several officials elected during the controversial NPP convention held in Paynesville, Monrovia.