The senate on Tuesday finally confirmed Health Minister-designate Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah as Liberia’s Minister of Health.
The Senate’s Committee on Health, in its report vindicating her of any wrongdoing in her professional career, recommended to the plenary of the senate that they investigated Dr. Jallah but now saw it prudent to recommend her to that body for confirmation, because she has all the qualifications needed to serve as the country’s health minister.
Prior to President George Weah’s nominating Dr. Jallah, she worked with the John F. Kennedy Hospital. However, she later left and established her own private institution, the Hope for Women Hospital, which provides health services to many Liberians and other nationals.
Following her nomination, Dr. Jallah faced strong opposition to her confirmation from several quarters; some argued that she lacked all qualifications to serve as the country’s minister of health; others questioned her ability to take over a sector that is yet to recover from setbacks caused by the Ebola crisis.
It can be recalled that the New Generation International Church leadership called on the senate not to confirm Dr. Jallah until the charge against her was disposed of. The church said Dr. Jallah was facing court charges for “action of damages for murder.”
The church had threatened to resist her confirmation due to the lawsuit. However not much has been heard lately from the church especially in the wake of her recent confirmation by the Liberian Senate.