3-Day National Scientific Confab Ends in Monrovia

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Dr. Emmett A. Dennis, former UL President Receives an Award from broadcast Journalist Hassan Kaiwu of Monrovia

NPHIL Deputy Director Encourages Practitioners to Write in Journals

The first annual Emmett A. Dennis National Scientific Conference (EADNSC), held August 27-29, 2018, drew an array of foreign and Liberian medical professionals to brainstorm on public health practice and research in Liberia.

The co-organizers were the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL), Liberia Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) and the University of Liberia (UL). The conference was held at a resort in Congo Town, Monrovia.

The research and brainstorming initiative expounded on the theme: “Fostering the Culture of Evidence-based Public Health Practice and Research in Liberia.”

Delegates, who spoke to the Daily Observer at the end of the scientific conference, intimated that the conference was meant to encourage research and promote professional medical writing in the country.

During the three-day conference held in honor of Dr. Emmett A. Dennis, former president of the University of Liberia, several researchers and public health officials made medical presentations. On Wednesday, August 29, the last day of the conference, participants were exposed to the sampling techniques used in the field when working with bats and developing research were carried out by the National Public Health Institute of Liberia and the University of Liberia.

Dr. Mosoka P. Fallah of NPHIL attentively listening to a presentation at the Scientific confab held in Monrovia

Earlier in the morning, during the plenary session, Mr. Tolbert G. Nyenswah, Director General of the NPHIL, made a presentation on the topic: “Perspectives and Experiences, establishing the NPHIL.”

“The Role of the Microbiology Laboratory in Infectious Disease Surveillance, Alert and Response,” was presented by Dr. Ellen Munemo, Program Director, University of Massachusetts of the ACCEL project of the United States.

Dr. John Beigel, Associate Director for Clinical Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, examined the topic: “Challenges of Ebola Treatment Studies in Epidemic Setting.”

Meanwhile, during the conference, presentations were made by selected groups of participants on Tuberculosis, Human Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV) and Malaria as well as Vaccines, Treatments and Clinical Trials.

In remarks at the end of the conference, the honoree, Dr. Emmett A. Dennis, noted that he was glad that such an initiative had been undertaken while he was still alive, extending thanks and appreciation to the organizers and participants, most of whom were medical students and medical personnel from the various universities and health-related institutions in the country.

The former UL president underscored the need for the organizers and participants to consider the unique medical initiative as one of the surest ways of finding genuine solutions to the many health challenges in the country.

In a brief statement, Director General of NPHIL, Tolbert Nyenswah, thanked the participants and partners for the level of work on the scientific presentations by the selected medical personalities that came from Liberia and abroad. He assured them that the conference will continue in the years to come.

In a brief statement, University of Liberia president Ophelia Inez Weeks disclosed that in about a year from now the UL administration will introduce a postgraduate degree in health and related sciences.

Dr. Weeks also underscored the importance of scientific research as a foundation that will help tackle the extensive challenges in the health delivery system of the country.

For his part, Deputy Director General of NPHIL, Dr. Mosoka P. Fallah, reminded the participants and medical students to develop an interest in the publication of their works through professional journals in and out of Liberia.

He also plans to establish writing clinics for all categories of medical and health-related personnel that would ensure the publication of their medical works in and out of the country. At the end of the conference, Dr. Dennis and some selected participants were awarded certificates by the organizers.

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