The Liberian Post Graduate Medical Training Program has commenced its operation in the Country with 19 junior Doctors. The post-graduate medical training program, the first in Liberia, is purposely for producing specialized Liberian and International Doctors.
Speaking to journalists recently in Bong County, the Secretary General of the Program, Dr. Stephen Kennedy said the program aims to reduce tough times and difficulties faced by specialized Doctors in the Country.
Stating the World Health Statistics about Doctor -Patients ratio, Dr. Kennedy equated a doctor to 250patients, noting that for now in Liberia, a doctor attends some 6,000 patients, thus posing serious challenges to the Country health system.
The Secretary General of Liberia first post-graduate medical training program further noted that besides training, selected hospitals would be fully equipped in meeting international standards, including the Phebe and C.B Dunbar Hospitals in Bong County, Telewoyan in Lofa, Jackson Doe Memorial in Nimba and John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia, among others.
Dr. Kennedy explained that Liberian doctors on the program will pay no fees, and will be given some incentives, in order to render their services upon graduation.
Commenting on specialized doctors in running the program successfully, he said both Liberians and International specialized doctor have been selected, while others were on the standby in rendering their professional services to the program.
Dr. Kennedy, who himself is specialized in infectious diseases, said they were currently working in a US$5m grant from the World Bank, which entails purchasing equipment for selected hospitals, caring for selected specialized doctors, and Liberian doctors.