The Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA) in Monrovia, on Saturday, December 28, graduated 112 students after completing 3 years of studies in basic medicines.
The students undertook disciplines in nursing, midwifery, environmental health, physician assistant and laboratory technology.
Speaking earlier at the ceremony, the Administrator of TNIMA, Mrs. Sarah G.B. Kollie explained that the institution has been in the business of training Liberian students to help improve human resource capacity in the health sector since its establishment.
“Today we have come to show the commitments of the Liberian government and the international community by the graduation of these students who are to be deployed about the country in a number of the counties.
She mentioned the graduates’ readiness to work with the Health Ministry in the various counties, addressing primary health care delivery.
“They (graduates) will identify and diagnose health problems and design strategies for their solution in collaboration with community members among other things,” she said.
Mrs. Kollie used the occasion to thank the government and its partners for the support received.
For her part, the acting administrator of the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Medical Center, Munah Tepeh said that administration at J. F. K was pleased with the students’ training, adding that it was indeed in the right direction considering the challenges in the health delivery care of the country the students’ training regimen (course) was appropriate (fitting, correct).
Meanwhile, in her keynote address, the Dean of the T. J. Faulkner College of Science & Technology of the University of Liberia, Professor Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, challenged the graduates to practice their career with love.
“Now that you have completed your studies, go into the communities and practice it with a complete devotion to Liberia. When you love Liberia you will show it in what you have learned,” she said.
She further called on them to be uncompromising and relentless in their duties, wherever assigned.
“The education that you have received is not intended for today but tomorrow; so do your best to ensure that you love those you serve,” she added.
According to Dr. Weeks, for Liberia to develop, it will require the patriotism of every citizen.
“For this country to prosper, we need educated and patriotic people who will not compromise integrity. As you step out to provide services to your country, let discipline, honesty and compassion remain your guide,” she told the graduates.
The UL Dean concluded by calling on the government, through the Ministry of Health, to provide better incentives for health-workers in the country.
The Dux of the Institution, Richard Belleh, said that for Liberia to have vital health care, delivery health-workers must be given good salaries and better living conditions.
“As the intent of this program is to produced qualified health workers who will make sacrifices in the rural areas to enhance health services, it is important that government does all it can so that health practitioners will not be discouraged, undermining health care delivery,” he explained.
He said they were willing to serve in whatever area of the country.
Mr. Belleh then called on the government to see reason to bring them into the Civil Service as soon as possible.
TNIMA was established in 1945 through a collaborative effort between the Liberia National Public Health Services— now the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare—and the United States Public Health Mission. It was envisioned as an institute to train Liberians in medicines for effective health delivery services in the country.