The Office of Montserrado County Junior Senator Abraham Darius Dillon has expressed dissatisfaction that the fund given to the County Health Team by its office to fight the killer disease is being politicized.
Montserrado County Health Team by instructions from the Ministry of Health on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 has refunded the 7,500 United States Dollars given by Montserrado Senator Darius Dillon to fight COVID-19.
The money was personally delivered to Senator Dillon’s office at the Capitol Building by Dr. Yatta Wapoe, Montserrado County Health Officer.
Taking receipt of the money, the Political Officer in the office of Senator Abraham Darius Dillon, Abel Plackie expressed serious disappointment that the money given to fight COVID-19 is being politicized in such manner despite the suffering Liberians are going through.
Plackie also expressed sadness that despite the current health situation, where paracetamol, Asprins, X-ray machines are not available, the Liberian Government especially the Executive Branch is returning good will from a senator because he is a member of the opposition community.
It can be recalled the CPP Senator gave US$7,500 out of his US$15,000 legislative engagement funds to the Montserrado County Health Team as part of his contribution to fight the coronavirus in the country.
Since then, the health minister has asked the county health team to return the money, saying it was controversial.
In the Letter addressed to Dr. Yatta Wapoe dated June 19, 2021, the Minister of Health said the Incident Management System appreciates Senator Dillon’s kind gesture, but cannot accept such a donation from the Senator or any other legislator at a time of ongoing public outcry concerning the source and exact purpose of the funds.
Minister Jallah said they are aware that members of the National Legislature are receiving US$15,000 for purposes not clearly defined.