Giving an overview of the project, the acting Director of NPHIL, Dr. Mosoka P.Fallah, described the initiative as a dream come true, saying the laboratory will help reduce the outbreak of food and water borne virus in Liberia and the sub- region.
According to Dr. Fallah, the new laboratory will be open to the public for quality food testing and water throughout the 15 counties.
He said the Ministry of Health had one, but is no longer functional. With the opening of the new laboratory, he said it will help the general public and the country at large in making the country free of common sicknesses that can be controlled by NPHIL.
The acting NPHIL boss mentioned that all water producing companies will come at the laboratory to test the quality of water before they can start selling in other for them to keep the citizenry save from other outbreak.
He thanked the Government of Liberia (GoL) and its partners for the level of support in making them to reach this far and opening the water quality testing and food testing laboratory.
For his part, the Country Director of USA-CDC, said he was happy with the work that has been done by NPHIL and staff in making NPHIL vibrant in Liberia and the sub- region.
According to Dr. Desmond Williams, Liberia has made great strive in making public health important since the coming of the Ebola in 2014, and thanked all partners for the support and called on them to make maximum useof the facility in the best interest of the country and its people.
Meanwhile, the dedicatory ceremony brought together several actors working in the health sectors in Liberia, including UNICEF, Water Aid, USAID, World Health Organization, USA-CDC, Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation, National Wash Commission, Monrovia City Corporation, Ministry of Commerce and industries, Ministry of Health and members of the Liberia Senate.
NPHIL was created as a result of the unprecedented Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa that claimed the lives of more than 11,000 people and infected more than 28,000. The Ebola epidemic highlighted the need for the establishment of a public health institute in Liberia and in December 2016 the Bill to launch NPHIL passed through the Liberian legislature marking a critical milestone in its post-Ebola journey.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, NPHIL’s mission is to prevent and control public health threats by promoting healthy outcomes while serving as a source of knowledge and expertise. As the center of excellence for better health outcomes for Liberians through a strong health system, this Institute aims to strengthen existing infection prevention and control efforts, laboratories, surveillance, infectious disease control, public health capacity building, response to outbreaks, and monitor diseases with epidemic potential.
Contribute to the development and sustainability of the public health workforce.
Develop, enhance, and expand the surveillance and response platform.
Develop and strengthen the laboratory system and public health diagnostics.
Develop, enhance, and expand process and structures to protect environmental and occupation health.
Expand, conduct, and coordinate public health and medical research to inform Liberian public health policies.
Ensure sustainable financing and operations of the NPHIL.