Dr. Kateh Breaks Ground for MRI Facility

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The medical director of the Jackson F. Doe Hospital in Nimba and Chief Medical Officer of Liberia designate, Dr. Francis Kateh has disclosed the building of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) center to help enhance medical work at the hospital.

MRI is a medical imaging technology used in radiology to investigate the anatomy and physiology of the body in making diagnoses. MRI scanners use magnetic fields and radio waves to form images of the body.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held at the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Regional Referral Hospital compound in Tappita, Nimba County in connection with the dedication of the Legislative Guest House at the Jackson F. Doe Hospital.

Dr. Kateh explained that all the equipment has been received and the building of the facility will be completed in six months while services of the MRI will begin in 7 to 8 months.

He further explained that beginning September of 2016, the Jackson F. Doe Hospital will have a medical school.

According to him, “There are doctors and associate professors, including those from Ethiopia at the hospital who have agreed to focus on ensuring that more heath practitioners are trained.”

He said if Liberia was not in need of another medical school, “Ebola has taught us a lesson that more healthcare workers need to be trained beginning from the nursing area to the medical school and others.”

Dr. Kateh emphasized that the doctors have continuously supported the idea of having a medical school and hoped that students interested will take advantage of the opportunity next year.   

Discussing the challenges of the hospital, Dr. Kateh said the issue of accessibility to the hospital was a serious problem.  Ambulances going out for patients and coming in cause serious problems.

“We are anticipating a paved road which will greatly help us to easily have patients coming for treatment. We sometimes take a longer time to bring patients to the hospital than necessary,” he said.

Dr. Kateh added that he was pleased with the team and the level of teamwork taking place, describing it as his biggest achievement with the hospital.

In his remarks, Information Minister Lewis G. Brown, called on government officials to visit or go for treatment to the Jackson F. Doe Hospital which is providing quality health services so that money used for treatment in other countries can remain in Liberia.

He said government officials should stop using poor excuses for traveling in the name of finding good healthcare services in other parts of the world.

“Lewis Brown is a witness of getting good health service from this hospital and all of us must continue to take our treatment here and stop spending in other countries,” declared Minister Brown.

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