Senators Monday suspended for time indefinite the confirmation hearing of Health Minister-designate Dr. Willimina Jallah after an hour of proceeding due to ethical and legal controversy beclouding the nominee’s reputation.
Dr. Jallah and her Hope for Women International clinic are facing a wrongful death case for allegedly killing a patient.
THE hearing was cutoff when the nominee declined to explain to Senators the actual story in relation to the death of the patient for which she is in court.
“We have decided that this confirmation hearing is going to be suspended and the nominee will remain under oath to be subsequently called back and that’s the decision of this committee,” Senator Peter Coleman who Chairs the Senate Committee on Health said.
The nominee refusal to answer to questions regarding alleged role played in the death of a woman who was seeking medication at her medical center was undesirable, Unity Party and Maryland Senator Gbleh-Bo Brown’s protested
“This hearing is contingent on this case. You can’t have case hanging over the nominee and she refuse to answer question. I suggest you make a decision now Mr. chairman.”
“I would have love to explain this matter but the case is under review. I can’t make any further comments with regards to the case.” Dr. Jallah said.
Senator Varney Sherman told the hearing: “The fact that she doesn’t give the direct answer to the question doesn’t undermine the fact that the matter is under review. She should have been clear to say the case is in court.”
“When a matter is in court, by law, you are prohibited from discussing the merits and demerits of that case and you could be held in contempt of court for discussing such matter.”
Sherman who chairs the Senate Judiciary and Human Rights Committee said the discussing the merits and demerits of the matter could eventually influence the decision of the juries.
Dr. Jallah’s confirmation that would lead to her taking on the role of Health Minister now depends on the final determination of the ‘wrongful death ‘case since Senators are insisting on knowing the actual story.
Writes Titus E. Dessie