The Liberia Medical and Dental (LMDC) Council has inducted into office its new corps of officers to steer the affairs of the Council for the next two years.
The LMDC is the regulatory agency of all health practitioners in Liberia.
In her induction speech on Friday at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital (JFKMH), Dr. Linda Birch, the first female to head the LMDC vowed that her leadership will undertake a 3-year strategic plan to transform the organization.
Dr. Birch noted that the plan will be based on three pillars, including the development of an effective and efficient registry that will be responsive to the changing needs of the public and medical profession; the creation of a supportive learning and working environment for good and professional practice; and to maintain the confidence of the people “we serve by timely responding to their concerns, to enhance and improve patients’ safety and to develop a sustainable high performance organization.”
She noted that this will be implemented with the collective effort of her colleagues and by carrying out vigorous scrutiny of all professionals before awarding licenses.
She assured major stakeholders of the health sector and the public that stringent (harsh, rigid) measures will be put in place before awarding licenses and accreditation to health professionals and institutions for operations in Liberia.
“We will embark on these strategies by carrying out vigorous scrutiny of health professionals before issuing licenses. This is a process of evaluating the qualification and practice history of a medical provider. Physicians and healthcare workers have been undergoing this process as far back as 1000 BC. And we see no reason why it must not continue to be the benchmark of practicing medicine,” she said.
She called on her colleagues for support in overhauling the LMDC in line with the public health laws of Liberia and other international statues.
“If we are to carry on total reform in the LMDC, we expect all hands to be on deck. We should not be cowards. We must speak out when there is wrong. This will mean making amendments of our by-laws and constitution.
“There is a need for upgrading and improving the database of all health professionals, to know their locations and activities and their needs as they go about performing their duties,” The LMDC boss noted.
She lamented that it was unthinkable to have a renowned institution without a website and promised to reach out to donors and partners to create a website for the Council.
The installation ceremony brought together major stakeholders in the sector, including Liberia’s new Minister of Health, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, the Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, Dr. Peter Coleman, and the House of Representatives Health Committee’s Chairman, Hon. Saah Joseph.
Delivering the keynote remarks, Hon. Saah Joseph pledged the 54th National Legislature’s support to the Council and called on Council members to be vigilant in discharging their duties.
Dr. Coleman and Dr. Jallah, in separate remarks pledged their commitment in working with the Council to improve the health system of Liberia.
Meanwhile, other officials inducted include Mr. David Sumo, Vice Chairman, Dr. Kpedeh Koiboi, Chaplain, Dr. Jerry F. Brown, Surgeon and Chief Medical Director of JFK, Dr. Z’Sherman Adams, Dean of A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine; Dr. Issiaka Adams, Dentist, Dr. Louise Marpleh Kpoto of the Liberia Medical and Dental Association, Humphry Lowell of the Nursery and Midwifery Board, Alonso Bayoh of the PA and Allied Health Board and Mr. William Jallah of the Complementary Medicine Board, all serving as members.