Liberia College of Physicians & Surgeons (LCPS) on Monday, October 29, 2018, graduated its Second batch of specialized doctors and nurses in Liberia.
The graduation ceremony was under the theme: “Advancing Liberia’s Health Care Delivery System: the Role of Postgraduate Medical Education.”
The graduates included 15 specialized doctors and nurses. The ceremony took place at the Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Sports Gymnasium in Paynesville, outside Monrovia with an array of dignitaries, family members of the graduates and stakeholders in the country’s healthcare system and partners in attendance.
The Convocation Ceremony which marks the second of its kind was held followingnearly five-year intense medical studies by the doctors. Delivering the keynote address for the occasion, Finance and Development and Planning Minister, Samuel Tweah, expressed gratitude and confidence in the graduates.
“You have excelled. You the graduates of 2018 have scored the highest grade points from the West Africa College of Physicians and Surgeons examinations in the region,” Minister Tweah said.
“As graduates of the college, you have spent the last four years, learning and working late hours and have been tested all along the way; we have tested everything. Your medical knowledge, your commitment, your resilience and your patience,” he emphasized.
For his part, Dr. Robert M. Kpoto, President of the College, disclosed that the college was established in 2012.
Dr. Kpoto indicated that the number of physicians and specialists in Liberia is low.
He said this is not close to the recommended standards of the World Health Organization (WHO). For instance, he said, Liberia has no pathologist and oncologist.
“This severe shortfall makes it virtually impossible for the country’s health system to provide universal access to basic quality healthcare, not to mention specialized care,” Dr. Kpoto said.
He pointed out that the college was established in 2012 to prepare professional nurses and other specialists to help meet the crucial healthcare needs of the citizens.
Dr. Kpoto also asserted that the vision of the college is to produce Liberian medical specialists who will demonstrate the highest standards of medical excellence while effectively and efficiently delivering health services across the 15 counties of Liberia.
Also speaking to the INSIGHT in an Exclusive Interview minutes after the graduation ceremony, Health Minister, Dr. Wilhemina Jallah, congratulated the graduates and urged them to forge ahead with high sense of commitment and professionalism.
She added that the Ministry of Health and the Liberia Medical and Dental Association (LMDA) in 2012 established the post graduate medical education (GME) program with the aim of producing medical specialists to respond to Liberia’s urgent need for specialist doctors.
Meanwhile, the Liberia College of Physicians & Surgeons is a professional institutional established by law to train medical specialists in the areas of Internal Medicine, pediatrics , Obstetrics & Gynecology among others to help boost the healthcare delivery system of the country.
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