President Sirleaf Underscores Need for Trained Liberian Professionals

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has underscored the need for trained Liberian professionals in all sectors of national development, especially health.

The President made the remark recently when she received in audience a 12-Member Delegation from the Chicago Global Health Alliance (CGHA) from the United States of America at her Foreign Ministry Office in Monrovia.

President Sirleaf explained to the visitors that many Liberian health professionals were forced to relocate to other parts of the globe due the civil conflict in the country and that the need for professionals, remains a key priority for the country.

The CGHA delegation was led by Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Rev. Kenety S. Gee, a Liberian, residing in the USA.

The President welcomed the delegation to Liberia and thanked them for their life-saving interventions in the country’s health sector.

“A lot of medical services are needed due to the impact of Ebola outbreak on the country’s health system, which needs thorough rebuilding. I take it that you have met most if not all of the actors in the sector and clearly understand the challenges that currently exist”, said President Sirleaf.

President stated that she is hopeful that CGHA’s presence will help fill the important gaps that currently exist.

Rev. Gee, in his remarks, informed the President that his group is working in Liberia to help equip regional medical centers, offer pro bono medical, surgical and mental health services to needy Liberians.

During the current mission, CGHA along with partners from the Northern Illinois University’s Edsystem will host a career pathway conference at the RLJ Hotel outside Monrovia. The conference is a follow-up to the May 2013 launch of the Liberian Career Pathway and a subsequent visit of Vice President Joseph Boakai to Chicago in April 2014.

“The conference will focus on four career pathways including Health Information Management; Biomedical Equipment Technician Certification; Medical and Nursing and Mental Health,” he stated.

He further informed the President that CGHA, has provided services at the JFK Hospital, Phebe Hospital and the Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Nimba County.
CGHA is working with the authorities of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata to initiate a Bio-medical Technician Training Center aimed at training professionals to service medical equipment brought into Liberia by his group.

Other members of the CGHA delegation included Prof. Adam B. Murphy of the Northwestern University, Nataka Moore of Adler University, Tiffany McDowell of Adler University, Edith Njuguna, Damenia Gbarbea, Gloria Sherard, Andrea Messing-Mathie, Michael Massie, Samaria Quist, Joe Turner and Jamel Russell.

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