River Gee County Senator Jonathan Segbwe has called for an audit of the Ministry of Health, in the wake of the collection of COVID-19 testing fees.
It can be recalled, since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in the Country, health authorities, through the Ministry of Health have been collecting testing fees, specifically from travelers, leaving and entering Liberia.
According to Senator Segbwe, since the Ministry of Health began the collection of funds from testing, there has been little or no account on how the money is being used, stressing the need for the Senate Plenary to invite health authorities to provide clarity on the expenditure of funds.
According to our Legislative reporter, though there was a previous appearance of Health Minister Dr. Willimina Jallah who apologized about her Ministry’s early decision to use the funds without the approval of the Legislature, Senator Segbwe has however noted that the Minister’s early apology should not bring to an end the ongoing investigation by the Senate.
Meanwhile, providing information in relation to Senator Segbwe’s request, the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Augustine Chea disclosed that the matter is before the Committees on Judiciary and Health and that there will be a report to Plenary shortly.