KORLUBU Surgeons Association to conduct Neurosurgery in Liberia

The president of the KORLUBU Surgeons Association Marj Ratel, has disclosed plans by the association to partner with the Ministry of Health to provide neurosurgical services to needed Liberians.

Speaking recently at an acquaintance visit with Information Minister Eugene Nagbe in Monrovia, Ratel stated that she and her colleagues are happy to know that they can contribute to the lives of people in Liberia.

The association consists of neurosurgeons, nurses, biomedical engineers, among other professionals in the sector.

Members of the KORLUBU team to Liberia are from Canada, the United States of America, Nigeria and Sweden, and the team is expected to conduct brain and spine surgeries, and other operations.

Ratel says the team also consists of the Criminal Science Foundation Project Management Team (CSFPMT), which is involved with exploration of the development of neurosurgery index at the Jackson F. Doe Hospital in Tapitta, Nimba County.

Ratel emphasizes the need for more Liberians to be trained as neurosurgeons so as to inspire more people to come and help the country.

She urges Liberians to get involved in nation-building by supporting the development agenda of the country, adding, “I can’t do everything but I can do something to support my country.”

Ratel further discloses that the CSFPMT is proactively involved with the establishment of a Paretic Clinic at the Jackson F. Doe Hospital.

She adds that the team will return in January next year to begin discussions with the Ministry of Health for the construction of the Paretic Clinic in the country.

Also speaking during the visit, Dan Miulli, a neurosurgeon, notes that Liberia needs about 16 neurosurgeons to carter to neurosurgical operations in the country.

”We need more neuroscientists, more health providers in order to build the health system of Liberia,” he notes.

Miulli continues that the visiting team will not only provide surgical services but will also provide training that will sustain the program in Liberia, adding, “We will continue to come back, we will continue to help.”

For his part, Information Minister Eugene Nagbe commends the effort of Dr. Alvin Nah Doe, who is the only neurosurgeon in Liberia, in ensuring the visitation of the KORLUBU Surgeons Association to Liberia.

Nagbe thanks the association for the intervention in the health sector of Liberia, adding that the Government of Liberia is more focused on building the capacity of health practitioners in the country.

“If you don’t have professionals in the health sector, it is very difficult for you to have a good health system,” Nagbe emphasizes.

He notes that Liberia lacks specialized professionals in the health sector, expressing optimism that the intervention of the association will provide great benefits to the nation’s health sector.

Nagbe indicates that the Government of Liberia is interested in exploring avenues that will enable Liberians to obtain the requisite training in various areas so that they can specialize in the health profession.

By Ethel A. Tweh–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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