Dr. Wang Jim, outgoing head of the Chinese medical team assigned at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Memorial Hospital says he was saddened to leave Liberia after successfully performing several surgeries on patients, including cataracts, glaucoma, and pediatric related ailments, among others.
“Liberians are very good people to live and work with. I enjoyed the working relationship we have had with Liberian doctors especially the young doctors. I will miss them, but I am going to come back and work in this country,” Dr. Jim, who is an ophthalmologist (eye specialist), told the gathering at a gowning and farewell ceremony held in his honor in the courtyard of the JFK Hospital in Sinkor.
He and his team are expected to leave the country on October 27, after spending two and half years in Liberia.
Dr. Jim was gowned by the Liberia-Chinese Friendship Organization.
Following the ceremony, he suggested to the Liberian government to place more emphasis on study opportunities for young doctors in foreign lands.
“It is now time for government to concentrate all of its resources to empower local doctors to take over the country’s healthcare delivery system,” he said.
“You need to know that only Liberians can take care of their health system, and not for them to depend on foreign doctors, because they would shortly leave for their respective homes,” Dr. Jim said.
According to him, Liberia’s health situation has improved significantly, despite the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease that exposed weaknesses in the system.
Commenting, Mr. Sheriff, president of Liberia-Chinese Friendship Organization, said they were appreciating Dr. Jim and his team for the role they played in the fight against Ebola in the country.
“When Ebola hit the country, they were here for us. They sacrificed themselves to save Liberians from the virus. So we need to appreciate them in this way,” Mr. Sheriff added.