Speaking to journalists at the weekend, the Manager of the Quality Control Lab at LMHRA, Mr. Alexander E. George, stated that current situation could lead it to collapse.
According to George, collapse of the LMHRA would have an adverse effect on the health sector of the country, as drugs importers will take advantage of the situation to influx the market with substandard drugs and medical equipment.
He disclosed that employees of the healthcare institution have not taken salary for the past five months and as such, most of them are not coming to work regularly.
“They don’t even have transportation to come to work. We are not being paid for the past five months now. This is extremely unbearable. I am including this month because we have passed the 15th, which according to the labor law, an employee is entitled to salary after the first 15 days of work,” said George.
Aside from the salary and operational funds as a result of a freeze placed on the account of the entity by President George Manneh Weah, he revealed that the institution has been in perpetual darkness for months.
He disclosed that High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) used to test drugs might develop problem or break down due to the lack of electricity.
“The acting Managing Director has started some engagement, but the progress is slow. And so we are calling on President George Manneh Weah, or his abled deputy, since he is currently out of the country, to intervene. If not, LMHRA may collapse, and this had a serious negative impact in the health sector of our country-importers of drugs will influx the market with substandard medicine and medical products,” he intoned.
The LMHRA official was speaking to reporters at the week at the end of a one-day training on Improved Governance in Research and Capacity for Diagnostic for Infectious Diseases (IGORCADIA).
He said the IGORCADIA training, which was attended by 10 participants, was intended to build the capacity of LMHRA employees.
“This project is intended to build our capacity to regulatory diagnostic and monitoring research in diagnostic,” George added.
The goal of IGORCADIA is to improve the registration and research on infectious disease diagnostics in Liberia by strengthening capacities within the LMHRA.