Liberian Doctors Specializing Abroad Commend Pres. Weah

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Five of the seven at the University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences

Seven Liberian Doctors undergoing specialized training in Nairobi, Kenya, have commended President George Weah for allowing them to further improve on their medical career.

The doctors’ commendation was contained in a statement made via mobile phone from the campus of the University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences by Dr. Collins S. Bowah to the Liberia News Agency (LINA) over the weekend.

“We are very grateful to President Weah for his farsightedness in providing young Liberian doctors the opportunity to undergo specialized training in several other surgical areas,” Dr. Bowah said.

According to him, following a rigorous vetting process, 15 Liberian doctors were selected through the Liberian College of Physicians and Surgeons, headed by Dr. Robert Kpoto, to do their specialized training in several African countries.

Out of the 15 selected doctors, five were sent to the University Of Nairobi College Of Health Science where they have commenced a five-year specialized surgical training in the areas of urology, also known as genitourinary surgery, a branch of medicine that focuses on surgical and medical diseases of the male and female urinary-tract system and the male reproductive organs; pediatric surgery (children); anesthesiology and psychiatry. Other areas of medical studies are the ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgery.

Liberian doctors at the University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences include Lavela B. Kortimai, Urology; Gonkarnue Nuahn, Anesthesiology; Wilifrank Benson, Pediatric Surgery; Wilma Tubman, Psychiatry (diagnosis, prevention and treatment of mental disorders); and Collins S. Bowah, ENT Surgery.

Two of their colleagues that left the country earlier are also undergoing specialized training in orthopedic (bone) surgery and infectious disease control and prevention.

“After five years of intense studies, Liberia will have at least specialized doctors, which the country has desired over a long period of time. We will return to meaningfully contribute our quota to the country’s health sector,” Dr. Bowah said.

He then expressed gratitude to the Liberian government, Minister of Health Dr. Wilhemina Jallah, and Dr. Kpoto for ensuring that some of the young doctors receive much-needed scholarships to specialize in various disease-treatments.

Prior to their departure, each of the doctors signed a contract with authorities at the Ministry of Health to return to the country and work upon completing their studies.

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