“There are certain allegations made against me and my ministry and I am the person who prefers to face the fact and I am the person who believes that the truth will always prevail as there are certain reports against me that I have threatened to resign my position as Minister of Health and Sanitation. That is a fallacy and a fantasy as there are lots of people who will want to see that happen for various reasons”
These were the words of Health Minister Dr Soccoh Alex Kabia yesterday as gave his reaction to journalists over allegations that he has threatened to resign.
The Minister said it was no secret that he was a physician for which he was very proud and has served ably in the United States where he runs his own clinic. With that he said he chose to come and serve as Minister to help rebuild the infrastructure.
“When I came there were many challenges I faced in the Ministry and I was faced with the task of turning things around and in the process I have embarked upon reforms within the Ministry’s, administrative and professional sectors. This has not gone down well with lots of people as you can imagine because certain interests have been affected” he stated
Dr Kabia said the Health Ministry was not a small challenge as he had to do what was right devoid of favoritism but to get the Ministry functioning as some people were sent on leave whilst others were transferred.
He also disclosed that the Ministry was embarking on certain projects by launching the reproductive and strategic plan, strengthening of the various services in the hospitals and to turn Connaught into a tertiary hospital where major medical procedures were done and where diagnosis occurs with treatment of patients.
He rebuffed allegations that he spent more time at his clinic in Atlanta than the Ministry “I do not know if that is possible as I do not have the employment of a space craft that takes me to Atlanta weekly for me to be able to practice there and also perform my duties here. What I have done is travel but when I do so, I do so to promote the health care industry here and to garner support of which I have been successful in doing and it was because of my reform in the Ministry that has not gone well with certain people”
He said despite the challenges in the Ministry he enjoyed doing his job because he said he believed at the end of it all many people were going to benefit and nothing will stop him from doing what he believed was good for the country.
By Ishmael Bayoh