Internal Medicine Physician at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center Dr. Philip Ireland
40,000 Medical Doctors Needed To Strengthen Liberia’s Health Sector-Dr Ireland
By Calvin Brooks
MONROVIA. October 05 (LINA) - The Internal Medicine Physician at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center has underscored the need for Liberia to train 40,000 medical doctors to eradicate maternal deaths in the country.
Dr. Philip Ireland noted that the 200 medical doctors that the country currently boasts of do not have the capacity to reduce maternal death, emphasizing that 40,000 medical doctors trained in specialized areas of the medical profession will go a long way in strengthening Liberia’s health sector.
Dr. Ireland made the call Monday at the presentation of the Post-graduate Medicine Education of the African Federation for Emergency Medicine held in the auditorium of the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA) at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Sinkor.
He noted that other countries within the sub-region have made significant strides to eliminate maternal deaths by building the human resource capacity in the health sector, particularly by training medical doctors.
He stressed that the training of more medical doctors is critical for providing the basic health needs of the population, noting that Liberians die from kidney problem because there is no Liberian medical expert for kidney disease.
Dr. Ireland emphasized that policy makers should prioritize the health sector which is the center point for Liberians to survive from illnesses, noting that Liberians should also learn to sacrifice in order to build the capacities of specialist medical doctors in the country, to do away with Liberians having to travel abroad for medical attention.