The Inquirer (Monrovia)

10 January 2013

Liberia: CLIP Blasts Health Ministry

Concerned Liberian Intellectuals for Progress (CLIP) has expressed dissatisfaction over the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare's alleged failure to get the insane people off the streets. According to CLIP, despite the fact that it is the responsibility of the Ministry of Health to cater to mentally ill persons in the society, the Health Ministry has seemingly ignored and reneged on its responsibility.

Speaking to newsmen on Monday, January 7, 2013, Josephus T.Zogar said it is very disheartening that the Ministry could down-play this unfortunate human situation which is insanity. He stated further that some members of an organization have engaged some government officials on the issue but they were told to meet Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Vivian Cherue.

Zogar said when he contacted the Deputy Minister for Social Welfare Vivian Cherue through mobile; she intersected the telephone call in an angry voice saying, "I do not care for crazy people, neither do I crazy to care for people who are crazy; I do not need crazy people in my house and never should I be contacted again on crazy people's issue.

The regrettable part of this issue is that she is responsible for the welfare of those people who are mentally ill in the society but she is nonchalant even though there is budgetary allotment to cater to the mentally deranged people. Budgets for the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare past and present: 2009/2010 budget USD13, 783,646 2010/2011 budget USD 30,686,795 2011/2012 budget: USD39,578,023 2012/2013 budget: USD84,079,084.

The worst part of it is that the crazy people constantly spoil people's businesses in the streets because there is no way to curtail the situation. The concerned Liberian Intellectuals for Progress is therefore calling on the President of the Republic of Liberia, Her Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to help seek the welfare of those individuals who are mentally ill in the country.

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