President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has secured an agreement on behalf of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center with the L V Prasad Eye Institute in New Delhi, India which aims to create added value to the services of the two entities.
The L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), a non-for-profit, non-governmental, public-spirited comprehensive eye care institution, entered into an agreement with the JFK Medical Center to create added value to the services of their respective institutions through synergies including the integration and cross transfer of medical skills, knowledge and expertise. L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) was established at Hyderabad, India in 1986-87.
A dispatch, from India said the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in New Delhi during a meeting attended by president Sirleaf and the founder and chair of LVPEI, Dr. Gullapalli N. Rao, to facilitate the creation of a comprehensive self-sustaining Eye Health Initiative in Liberia.
Under this initiative, L V Prasad Eye Institute will provide inputs in developing highly customized eye care services in Liberia based on needs, feasibility and suitability of the services at the JFK Medical Center.
In addition, LVPEI will also provide guidance and assistance in human resource planning, recruitment, training and also assist the JFK Medical Center in developing and implementing country-wide community eye health programs.
The L V Prasad Eye Institute pursues cutting edge research and offers training in human resources for all levels of ophthalmic personnel. It has been designated as a World Health Organization collaborating center for the prevention of blindness and has been a pioneer in developing high impact eye health models not only in India, but also in developing countries.
Meanwhile, continuing her engagements in New Delhi, President Sirleaf met with executives of a number of institutions, including LABORATE Pharmaceuticals India Limited, Liberian students in India, among others.
At the meeting with LABORATE Pharmaceuticals India Limited, which is interested in developing and operating a pharmaceutical plant in the country, the Liberian leader encouraged its executives to do a market study or survey, make a proposal to the National Investment Commission about their desire and follow through with all of the requirements laid down for such investment. She assured them that the intent was good and welcomed by the country.
The company’s head of international business, Aditya Bhatia, informed President Sirleaf that they were interested in building and operating a plant in Liberia with the guidance of the government and pointed out that the company has the capacity to supply the country and beyond.
Later, the Liberian chief executive met with government’s bilateral scholarship students in India pursuing studies in various scientific fields. They expressed gratitude to the government for the opportunity to pursue Masters level studies and acquainted her with other issues associated with their studies in India. She advised the students to study hard, remain peaceful and law abiding as they undergo their academic sojourn in India. She assured them of government’s continuous support, adding that Liberia needs professionals in the area of the sciences.-Press release