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The General Surgeon and Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Regional Referral Hospital Dr. Saygbeh M. Vanyanbah says Liberia is expecting a group of Neurosurgeons from America, precisely California and Canada.

Speaking at the Information Ministry, Vanyanbah says the neurosurgeons are expected here to come and treat neurosurgical cases for free at the Tapita Hospital in Nimba County.He says the Doctors will be in Liberia for about two to three weeks and they will arrive anytime soon.

According to Doctor Vanyanbah, it is the third mission of the Doctors in Liberia, noting that this time they are coming more to handle many cases here.The only neurosurgeon in Liberia, Dr. Alvin Nah Doe of the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Regional Referral Hospital says Liberia does not have the equipment and medication for neurosurgical cases.

Dr. Doe notes that those Doctors are coming with their own instruments and they are not paid for it.He says the team of Doctors is being sponsored by Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation, a charity organization.r. Doe notes that if someone is to travel to Ghana or Senegal for a neurosurgical case, it will cost them about 15-20 thousands United States Dollars.

But he discloses that the only cost for this surgery is to transport yourself from wherever you are to Tapita Hospital in Nimba County.Dr. Doe adds that it is not restricted to the people of Nimba County alone, but it is done there because the hospital is located in the county.

According to Dr. Doe, before the foreign Doctors come, Liberian Doctors are doing pre – screaming of those who are affected to know if their cases are neurosurgical case or not.Dr. Doe indicates that the neurosurgical cases include Epidural Hematoma, Spinal Cord Injury, Basilar Skull Fracture, Concussion, Intraparenchymal Hemorrhage, Skull Fracture, Spinal Fracture, and Traumatic Nerve Injury.

He also says the screaming will be taking place at the JFK Hospital and Redemption Hospitals, respectively.Dr. Doe says he is doing the pre – screaming to prepare those who will be treated by the Foreign Doctors.“If the screaming is done and you don’t need a surgery, we will let you know. But if it require a [CT] scan, it requires money,” he says.

Dr. Doe continues that the CT scan is very expensive, noting that it will be free for those who don’t have money.According to him, those who can afford will pay for the CT scan if it is required of them.“We know those who come to hospital and have money to pay for certain treatments, and we know those who are poor,” he explains.

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

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