President Weah Suspends NPHIL Boss, Dr. Fallah

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President George Weah (left) has suspended Dr. Mosoka Fallah (left) for ethical, professional and administrative lapses in the health protocols at NPHIL.

Sets up committee to probe alleged health protocol breaches

President George Manneh Weah has with immediate effect, suspended Dr. Mosoka Fallah, Director General of the National Public Health Institute (NPHIL) for time indefinite.

Weah’s action stemmed from from what the Executive Mansion referred to as reported breach in health and administrative protocols which guide the issuance of Coronavirus test results by NPHIL.

An Executive Mansion press release issued late Monday, August 10, 2020, is quoted as saying that Dr. Mosoka Fallah is suspended for ethical, professional and administrative lapses.

“Dr. Fallah has been asked to cooperate with the investigative committee while Dr. Patrick Kpanyan, deputy director general for NPHIL, acts as director general during the course of the probe.

With only 72 hours beginning August 10 given the committee to probe NPHIL and present to his office findings, Weah has warned that he will leave no stone unturned to deal with anyone who is found culpable of any wrong doing in his governance system of the country.

“The President has asked Dr. Linda Birch, the President of Liberia Medical and Dental Council (LMDC), to chair the investigation committee, which will also comprise the Minister of Justice, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean, Madam Mawine Diggs, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liberia’s Country representative, U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Country Representative, WHO.

Weah said the committee is charged with the responsibility, among others, to find out if there have been systemic breaches in the reporting procedure of COVID-19 results and recommend actions to be taken in order to remedy the situation.

He commended health workers across the country for their sacrifices in helping to save lives but warned that he will not allow anyone go with impunity when there are proofs that the health sector has been robbed of its benefits at any point in time while he is still President.

When contacted for his reaction to President Weah’s action, Dr. Mosoka Fallah did not answer his phone.

However, he National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) has come under  spotlight for acts said to be grossly incompatible with the best practices of health protocols, but Dr. Mosoka Fallah, Director General of NPHIL has distanced himself from the controversy and claimed that his signature was used for the wrong purpose.

Three officials, including Amos F. Gborie, deputy director for division of environmental and occupational health; Fahn Taweh, deputy director for national public health and laboratory and Jonathan G. Enders, chief of staff in the office of Dr. Fallah, have been suspended for declaring patients who tested positive of Coronavirus, negative and issued them certificates with Dr. Fallah’s electronic signature attached.

NPHIL has the sole authority to conduct all tests relative to COVID-19 and act accordingly as per the results from the tests conducted on suspected COVID-19 patients.

“Trokon Yeabah sent the result to Amos Gborie but he (Amos) wrote negative on the result that was presented to him as postive and Jonathan Enders, my own chief of office staff, affixed my signature to it. How is this possible for an error? How can this be called an error?,” Dr. Fallah asked as he responded to the Daily Observer interview, hours ahead of the President’s declaration.

He said Skeeter T. Wilson, a 47 year old woman, tested positive on August 4 and her result was recorded as such but in no time her result changed from positive to negative.

Madam Wilson is said to be a Liberian American based in the U.S. but because she received a certificate bearing a negative result, she was at ease to travel back to the U.S., thanks be to the Liberia Immigration Service officers on duty at the Roberts International Airport (RIA), who quickly collaborated with health authorities and apprehended Wilson.

“This matter came to my attention on Friday, August 7. I never knew that this was happening under my nose,” Dr. Fallah said with a deep sense of disappointment in his staff and deputies.

Fallah said he was informed by Amos Gborie, his deputy director for environmental and occupational health that Ms. Wilson had come abruptly to NPHIL’s headquarters, seeking a COVID-19 traveler certificate, which is a requirement for leaving the country now. Due to the urgency attached, she was given the certificate.

“I immediately launched an investigation and found out that Ms. Skeeter Wilson once tested positive and was undergoing treatment but sadly, she succeeded in escaping from her treatment site and rushed to NPHIL for a certificate to be cleared at the Airport and go back to America. That’s how she was served a certificate bearing a negative result, although it was incorrect,” he explained.

Fallah added: “Gborie issued that certificate. He connived with even my office chief of staff, Enders and collected Skeeters’ positive result from Yeabah, one of our lab technicians and changed it to negative. That’s how criminal the deal was. That’s what they used my electronic signature for. That’s how wicked they were.”

He said the investigation conduction proved that Gborie sent a letter of testimonial to his (Dr. Fallah) chief of staff, Enders, whom, without any verification, placed the electronic signature on the certificate, making it genuine and valid.

Liberia’s credibility in the fight against COVID-19 is likely to be tainted due to Gborie and his colleagues’ alleged actions as described by Dr. Fallah, particularly by issuing a certificate bearing a negative result, instead of positive.

Currently, Liberia has recorded 1240 cases, of which 436 cases are active. However, there have been 725 total recoveries and 79 deaths reported.

While Gborie, his colleagues at NPHIL and Ms. Wilson are still undergoing investigation by the Liberia National Police (LNP), Ms. Wilson’s lawyer, Cllr. Neto Zarzar Lighe is demanding the release of his client.

The Daily Observer has gathered information that Cllr. Lighe has written Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, Minister of Health and head of the incident management system (IMS), calling on her office to prevail on the law enforcement authorities and NPHIL alike to make available his client’s American passport and other traveling documents and allow her leave the country.

Lighe’s letter to Dr. Jallah is said to have contained in it a request to let his client go simply because the internal error or problem at NPHIL should not be placed as a weighty matter upon his client, Wilson.

Dr. Fallah, also told the Daily Observer that he wrote Gborie and others at NPHIL the they have placed the country at a critical stage and at a dear cost.

In his letter to Gborie, a communication also in the possession of the Daily Observer, Dr. Fallah said: “In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, it is very dangerous to the country for confirmed positive cases to be given results as negative. This will cause a further spread of the disease and it will make its containment extremely difficult.”

He said, as per the National Public Health Institute (NPHIL) guidelines, only people whose negative results have been verified are entitled to certificates of travel or any other business.

The incident involving Skeeter Wilson is the second of its kind as Alaric Tokpa, professor of political science at the University of Liberia, rejected claims that he had tested positive of COVID-19 when a previous result served him said he was negative.

Professor Tokpa’s hullabaloo came about when he went to RIA and made attempt to travel abroad.

Liberia’s strive to curtail or eliminate corruption at levels in national governance remains challenged as several individuals continue to live with the mentality that “when you have your own opportunity, take and eat yours because others did theirs before.”

This is why the fabrics of the country’s systems have crumbled, thereby leading to more poverty and terrible results as well as lack accountability and proper, impartial implementation of the country’s laws against perpetrators of crimes.

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  • David S. Menjor is a Liberian journalist whose work, mainly in the print media has given so much meaning to the world of balanced and credible mass communication. David is married and interestingly he is also knowledgeable in the area of education since he has received some primary teacher training from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). David, after leaving Radio Five, a broadcast media outlet, in 2016, he took on the challenge to venture into the print media affairs with the Dailly Observer Newspaper. Since then he has created his own enviable space. He is a student at the University of Liberia.

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David S. Menjor is a Liberian journalist whose work, mainly in the print media has given so much meaning to the world of balanced and credible mass communication. David is married and interestingly he is also knowledgeable in the area of education since he has received some primary teacher training from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). David, after leaving Radio Five, a broadcast media outlet, in 2016, he took on the challenge to venture into the print media affairs with the Dailly Observer Newspaper. Since then he has created his own enviable space. He is a student at the University of Liberia.

12 COMMENTS

  1. If what is reported in this article is true n correct, then the integrity of the entire health system in Liberia is @ a cross road. While compromise your profession? Sad time in Liberia

  2. In the Ivory Coast, we say “Yako”!
    Yako Dr. Fallah! Sorry that you were imposed and surrounded by a gang of malefactors to soil your good reputation with the sole objective of eventually ruining your career. This is the Liberia we detest with all our inner being; where ineptitude and mundanity take precedence over excellence and merit.

    The president of the Republic was corrupted into office, all the Hebrew Boys corrupted their way to the top and so it is evident that the entire country will be contaminated with the virus of corruption even to the point of jeopardizing our international relationships which may consequently result in the isolation of Liberia anew.

    The president will unquestionably replace you because he wants to appoint one of his CDCians. But remember this, “what goes around comes around”.

    Finally, I leave you with the words of this wiseman:
    “We must reclaim our destiny. Liberia will only be developed by Liberians. Therefore, we must own our development – own the problems we have created and begin to seriously rethink the solutions. It means, as Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the SAME LEVEL OF THINKING that created them.””, Alexander B. Cummings.

    The mindset and thinking of the current rulership dragged us into the many problems we have in Liberia. We need to replace them with people of different mindsets; people with flares for economic planning and new visionary architects of our republic.

    Liberia is not doomed. We shall overcome one day, and the start of such positive change for the children of Liberia is at hand.
    To all Liberians and friends of Liberia, real change is on its way, do not despair in our beloved nation.

    • Hney, do you remember the underground flyer “REACT” that was so popular than the Daily Observer, Footprints, and other respectable daily news organs during the administration of President Samuel Kanyon Doe? Many thought that it was produced underground by students of the University of Liberia (LU). But, others thought that it was almost impossible for a student at LU to know what Doe was having for breakfast, or worst of all, what type of brief he was wearing under his pants and written in the paper on the very morning it mysteriously appeared in a box at the entrance to the Central Bank of Liberia, under the Ministry of Education, which were at that time, housed in the high rise Tubman Building on Broad Street.

      REACT was highly critical of Doe. It carried information about him and his administration that the major news organs of the day could not carry in their dailies. Surprisingly, ninety nine point nine percent (99.9%) of the stories carried by REACT were true!

      The information carried by that underground paper could not have come from LU source in its entirety but rather from an inside source in Doe’s inner circle at the Executive Mansion. In as much as Doe surrounded himself with many people of his ethnic Kran tribe in the executive mansion, he however, confided in few in his inner circle that were not Kran (I am not talking about Johnny Kpor). It was highly suspected that most of the source of the underground paper was coming from this very few confidante of his.

      Fast forward, some see George Weah as another Doe. But, unlike Doe, George Weah does NOT surround himself with people of his native Kru (while members of this tribe are unfortunately taking insults from many due to Weah’s shortcomings), rather, he has more of Doe’s few confidantes that are feeding this modern news media with information that may actually be going on inside Weah’s inner circle. Some of the stories from people like Dolo could be true due to who Weah keeps as his close confidante. The latest independence day orator alluded to this fact!

  3. The area in which I live is not too metropolitan. But I am very comfortable here. People who live my area do not say “shoot or Bar-vu-ah”, if the governor or president tries his utmost best to rectify a deplorable situation. Rather, the people, including me often say, “thanks for trying” if a leader tries his or best to hammer out malfeasance within the government.

    The saddest thing that happens every day in and out of Liberia is that “some critics” are easily flummoxed by Weah. In their pursuit of a just cause, Weah is a sick bat from hell! Some critics believe that Weah will never do anything right because he’s this and that. Shamefully, some critics of Weah abhor the idea of Weah’s predecessor, madam EJS to be criticized. But, the irrefutable evidence all of us are aware of is that Weah was endorsed by madam EJS. What a contradiction!

    I totally agree with those who say “Liberia is not doomed”. We need a collective effort to blunt criticisms of people who think Liberia is on the wrong trajectory without them. The bottom line for me is simple!

    I am fed up. If Weah does not run for re-election, I will pack my rags, swim with the sharks and return to Liberia like a man. Certainly my toughness will put butterflies in the stomachs of many people who just can’t wait to see 2023 ushered in. Enough!

    • Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, hadi ha ha ha ha ha ha. Mr. Hney, no need to pack up and leave now. The verdict is already in from your first visit to the old country. You came, you saw and you failed to conquer, and you left, and that’s putting it mildly. And you Mr. Hney says what again ? Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah ? What A Guy ? What A Guy ? Nice going Hney. Nice going. But something ran you out from there the very first time . George needed your help, but for better bread and butter offered by US , you said to the people of that land, see you later , Liberia. Lots of blah blah blah blah blah as usual. Ha ha ha ha ha ha. The citizens were never wrong for giving George a chance, they give him a landslide victory that represents a political mandate. It was just a chance as first impression. They voted for George to succeed, but not personally as to leave them in political uncertainty, coupled with economic hardship social disorder in society. That was not the reason for the landslide victory. You went there Mr. Hney, you saw and you failed to conquer and you RAN back to the US. George was given a chance, not a mandate for life. And for the people first impression counts. Can’t do the job, or can’t get the job done due to limited qualifications, Step Aside. The country is 173, things can not remained the same for another six years. Step Aside George, and ” thanks for trying ” , Hney would say.

  4. Elections are fast approaching and Weah’s image is soiled in a myriad of huge corruption scandals. So, this could just be another political stunt demonstrated by Weah to falsely prove to the public he is serious about combatting corruption; but as many Liberians and foreign observers know, this guy is irredeemably rotten to the core.

    And as sleazy, stealthy, and unpredictable this character can be, chances are he could reinstate Dr. Fallah after a few months to make yet another false claim that he is a president who is above partisanship, tribal (ism) and that he believes in fairness, equity, and justice.

    Nevertheless, the average Liberian citizen only needs to look around himself/herself, and the evidence will speak for itself. From the beginning of this government, the president and his enablers have inflicted so much injuries on the economy and have drained its lifeblood to the extent one wonders if Liberia will ever recover from the condition of a “failed state”.

    If Weah says he does not harbor sacred cows and neither does he practice selective justice, then how about the high financial treason case that involved Messers Tweah, Partray, Sirleaf, Weeks, McGill, and others just about a year ago wherein all of these men went virtually scot-free? And according to speculations that still persists, Weah might have either based his decisions concerning this case on his tribal affinity to some of them, the existence of a high propensity that it would have derailed his presidency due to his own complicity, or the men’s socio-economic statuses.

    Is this president telling the Liberian people they are so dumb-founded that they are unable to see the criminal activities of this government? Well, if he believes this way, then I will not be surprised by his chain of thoughts because before he came to power, he openly exclaimed to the country he could rebuild a broken nation without education, and they believed him and elected him anyway.

    And today, the nation reaps the results of such a dangerous and shortsighted decision!

  5. Correction: Paragraph 4: I meant to say “…according to speculations that still persist,” And Not “persists”. Please excuse all unintentional oversights.

  6. Comrade Anders,
    I heard about the activity that you perfectly described above during Doe’s presidency. A very good friend of mine who had a knack for politics filled me in all the time. But, I wasn’t living in Liberia when Doe toppled president Tolbert in a bloody coup.

    I am dubious about some commenters! In recent weeks or months, I have noticed some funny stuff. It seems that the readers are being fed clandestinely with some kind of insider information. The people that I am referring to are called “night riders” by me because they seem to know more than the rest of us. Comrade Anders, you’re on the ball! You’re attempting to pass the ball to me. I hope you’ll get an inkling of what I mean.

    Bravo

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