Latest Liberia News, A block of senators request President Sirleaf retire Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale.
A special block within the Liberian Senate comprising 15 Senators, yesterday voted to request President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to recall her embattled Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, and honorably retire him, citing a health certificate which indicates that he is suffering from high blood pressure.
However, Grand Kru and River Gee Senators Cletus Wortorson and Frederick Doe Cherue voted against the motion, while Grand Gedeh County Senator Isaac Nyenabo announced a motion for reconsideration.
The special block of Senators among them Senators Geraldine Doe-Sherif, Jewel Howard-Taylor, H. Dan Morais. Sando Johnson, Henry Willie Yallah and Thomas Grupee, stated in their three-page communication and during open debate that their action is based on the medical certificate received Tuesday from Dr. Robert Kpoto of the Medlink Clinic.
Dr. Kpoto’s certificate indicates that Dr. Gwenigale’s blood pressure was 197/90, and that he needed rest and medication for 14 days.
The 15 Senators argued that Dr. Gwenigale, who turns 80 next February, and the country need someone fit to be in the forefront to supervise health workers,. This person needs to be in the best frame of mind, void of illnesses such as high blood pressure during the Ebola and other major health crisis.