The Phebe Paramedical Training Program (PTP) in Bong County, central Liberia has graduated 66 candidates after completion of three years of study.
The graduates were awarded Diplomas Saturday, 22 July during the 36th Commencement program of the PTP held at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on the Phebe Hospital Compound in Suakoko, Bong County.
The 66 graduates are from six medical disciplines including; Nurse Midwifery (4 candidates), Nurse Anesthesia (7), Certified Midwifery Bridging (6), Professional Midwifery (23), and 26 candidates from the Medical Laboratory Technology Programs.
Presenting the graduates to the Medical Director of the Phebe Hospital, the Director of the Phebe Training Programs, Humphrey G. Loweal reflected on the achievements of the institution over the years
in developing the nation’s health workforce, especially being the only Pre-Service Institution teaching Anesthesia in Liberia. Among the graduates is the first male nurse midwife in Liberia.
Mr. Loweal appeals to members of the Bong Legislative Caucus to initiate the process of proposing a bill for the PTP to be elevated from a Diploma to a Degree granting institution.
Serving as guestspeaker, the Chief of Party (COP) for the Maternal and Child Survival Program’s (MCSP) Human Resources for Health (HRH) Project Mrs. Marion Subah cautions the graduates that “they were ending their days as students, but are beginning their professional careers” to help address the shortage of qualified human resources for health.
She stresses the important role Mid-level Health care workers play in providing health care, adding, “You are the first that a person needing service and quality care sees, the first faces of the health system
that people meet, even newborn babies”.
Mrs. Subah informs the graduates that as Health Care Workers, their professional mission is to serve the people and communities of Liberia by “making sure their health care needs are met with the highest of standards as you provide quality care according to international standards within a national framework”.
She pledges her organization’s support with funding from U. S. Agency for International Development to transforming Pre-Service Education in Liberia so that patients receive quality services appropriate to their needs at the health facilities.
Mrs. Subah adds that as part of the Pre-Service Curriculum and Practice, there is a special emphasis on “Quality and Respectful Care” to help future health care workers (Nurses, Lab Technicians, Nurse Anesthetics and Midwives) develop a health “bedside manner” – to treat patients with empathy and compassion in addition to providing care of the highest quality.
By Bridgett Milton-Editing by Jonathan Browne