Firestone Announces New Internship Intake at Duside Hospital


The Firestone Liberia Medical Service has accepted five new postgraduate medical doctors for a six-month intensive internship program at the company’s Firestone Medical Center at Duside, a release said on Monday, February 25, 2019.

According to the release, the intensive medical training program will aid medical professionals in mastering their surgical skills, with emphasis on obstetric surgical emergencies.

Firestone Health Service, which includes a full-service referral hospital with 300 beds at Duside and two regional clinics operated as part of its fully funded community infrastructure, holds a “Level 2 Training Hospital” grading from the Liberian government’s Ministry of Health (MoH).

This certification allows Firestone to train health practitioners such as: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, anesthetists, and other health professionals.

The new intern doctors at the hospital in Duside, Margibi County, are Robin Vaye in Obstetrics/Gynecology, Jerome C. Johnson and Amos B. S. Darlay in Surgery as well as Charles G. Quealee and Lacrown A. Suburu in Internal Medicine.

In addition to accepting postgraduate medical doctors, who have successfully completed their internship and passed the Liberia Medical and Dental Council’s (LMDC) Board qualification exam, the hospital also regularly accepts interns from medical institutions in Liberia, the release said.

“At Firestone Liberia, we are committed to the well-being of our communities,” said Don Darden, vice president for Administration at Firestone Liberia.

“In addition to providing knowledge through our company’s education system and housing for our workers,” the release added, “we’re proud to offer our workers and their dependents high-quality medical care and top doctors such as the promising new interns that will be part of this training program.”

“This program benefits not just Firestone communities, but is also in keeping with the company’s commitment to building expertise and sharing medical knowledge within Liberia,” said Dr. Benedict Wollor, Medical Director at Firestone Liberia. “In the years since I’ve overseen this program, we’ve had more than 50 interns pass through our doors. I am proud to say that many of the interns have gone on to serve in our regional hospitals, bringing much needed medical expertise to communities throughout Liberia.”

Firestone Natural Rubber Company, LLC traces its origins back to 1926 when The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company first established a natural rubber production facility in Liberia. The company operates a 118,000-acre rubber growing and processing facility, employing approximately 7,000 workers who harvest and process natural rubber, said the release.


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