The Ministry of Health, through the Incident Management System-COVID-19 has clarified growing misconceptions regarding purported seventy-one (71K) used to transport the much publicized Madagascan herb to fight COVID-19 at the height of the pandemic in 2020.
According to a release from the Ministry of Health the process that preceded the bringing of the Madagascar herbs into the country purposely for promoting Liberia cure for coronavirus in 2020, was a generous offered by the President of Madagascar president Andry Rajoelina to share with Liberia at with no cost due to earlier request by members countries of the African Union of the Madagascan herb.
The Ministry of Health clarified that the offer by Madagascar did not include shipment or air transportation as being wildly misunderstood.
The MOH release noted that transportation and facilitation of the herb became the responsibility of the government of Liberia from Madagascar to Liberia.
“Considering this emergency, couple with the responsibility of the Minister of Health to save lives, especially during the height of the second waves chattered a flight that was arranged from Guinea Bissau to bring the herbs from Madagascar to Liberia”.
“The 71 Thousand United States Dollars was paid to cover the cost of the chattered flight.” The MOH release clarifies.
Additionally, the Ministry of Health states that the Minister, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah as head of the Incident Management Systems is cloth with the authority to save lives especially in an emergency situation to which Liberia faced during those periods.
“There was no irregularity, neither was there any financial wrongdoings in the Madagascan herbs arrangement as being misconstrued in some quarters.”
“The ministry maintains that no member of its leadership has been held culpable of any questionable acts, in the management of the Health Sector since the inception of the George Manneh Weah’s government.”
“The Ministry of Health, especially the Incident Management System-IMS, enjoys the confidence of all its partner, including WHO, UNICEF, USAID, CDC-USA, among others.” The released noted.