By Jefferson D.Tweh
Stakeholders in the country, over the weekend ended one day roundtable confab on Human Resources for Health under the theme: “The Role of Health Workers in Achieving Universal Health Coverage in Liberia.”
Speaking at the opening of the roundtable confab, Health Program Manager, Save the Children, Dr. Olusola Oladeji disclosed that millions of children die due to the lack of enough doctors, nurses and midwives to deliver babies safely into the world.
Dr. Oladeji said in 2006, world health report revealed that 57 countries were faced with critical workforce crisis and each of the countries had fewer than 23 doctors, nurses, midwives per 10,000 people of the minimum number required to provide basic health care but in Liberia skilled birth attendant is 6.6 per 10,000 population compared to 23 per 10,000 World Health Organizations.
Dr. Oladeji said to have bigger impact on mothers and children’s lives, health workers need safe and supportive environment to work hard and must be paid good salaries, and to also provide sufficient medicines and equipment.
“Significant domestic resources need to be raised to build a strong health system and sufficient money should be allocated for health workers like, training, deployment, good salaries, Donors training institutions, regulatory institutions, Media Institutions, and Civil Society Organizations all should play unanimous role to complement government’s effort and strengthen the workforce,” Dr. Oladeji stated.
Dr. Oladeji explained that Save the Children’s International Campaign will reach millennium Development Goal and every campaign is aimed at helping all children to realize their rights to health through universal access to a health worker who is trained, equipped, remunerated, supported and deployed to provide essential reproductive, maternal ,newborn, child health and nutrition services.
Meanwhile, Dr.Oladeji has called on countries in the world to train more health workers and ensure effective task delineation, deployment, fair wages; support and train health workers as part of wider efforts to strengthen the health system, and Save the Children has unanimously committed to train 400,000 frontline health workers by 2015.
Dr. Oladeji averred that third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health (3GF) will be held on November 9-13, 2013, in Recife, Brazil, to discuss global and national health workforce requirements to achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and also address the global shortage of health workers ahead of the deadline to reach the Millennium Development Goal by 2015.
“We cannot save children’s lives, or reach the goal of UHC, without sufficient numbers of skilled and motivated health workers around the World,”Dr.Oladeji observed.
Assistant Minister for Preventive Services, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah said the meeting was intended to brainstorm and find amicable solution to the health system because health workers, doctors and, midwives are indispensable medical practitioners.
According to Mr. Nyenswah, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is making an effort to train more health workers, doctors, midwives to enable them become effective and proficient in their performance at all times.
Mr. Nyenswah said the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare will continue its commitment to providing quality healthcare to the Liberian people and other nationalities.
Furthermore, Mr. Nyenswah stated that Liberia will participate in the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health (3GF) in Recife, Brazil