LMDA to Help Deliver Sector from Present Backward State

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Dr. Louise Mapleh Kpoto

By Chris Pewu (Intern)

The fact that Liberia’s health sector is one of the most underdeveloped in the sub-region and the world is no secret to its citizens. The country’s poor healthcare system has been blamed for the deaths of thousands of Liberians over the years.

But there is hope on the horizon as there are Liberian healthcare professionals who are dedicated and prepared, and see it as their responsibility to deliver the sector from its present backward state.

Accordingly, the Liberia Medical and Dental Association (LMDA) has vowed to prioritize patient welfare as a start to the promise land, despite the many challenges confronting the country’s health system.

During its annual meeting held over the weekend in Kakata, Margibi County, the LMDA said for the sector to improve, the government should prioritize the well being of medical doctors as they strive to bring sanity and soundness to the health sector.

The president of the LMDA, Dr. Louise Mapleh Kporto, revealed that over the past 10 months, the LMDA has provided scholarship opportunities for many doctors to study outside Liberia. She intimated that the association is presently in negotiations with medical institutions in the sub-region, especially Ghana, to train Liberian doctors in various specializations.

Also speaking at the colorful ceremony, the Vice President of Liberia, Joseph N. Boakai, pledged his commitment to uplifting the country’s health sector.

Agreeing that the government should prioritize the welfare of medical doctors, he, however, advised doctors to stay focused and steadfast in their fight to see improvements in the country’s healthcare system.

In his closing remarks, the secretary general of the Liberia Medical and Dental Association, Dr. Jonathan Hart, said it is high time that Liberian doctors take full control of and have authority over the country’s health sector.

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  1. Liberians are now coming to the realization that over reliance on foreign aid is not a sustainable method of producing viable economic development. Liberian lawmakers and other government elites, who are paid exorbitant salaries when ordinary Liberians live on a dollar a day, fly around the world to seek top-notched medical treatment. It never occurs to them that money used to fly to other countries for medical treatment could be allocated towards building medical clinics, and could be used to provide scholarships to train more health professionals to improve the health care system in Liberia.

    Foreign Aid and Donations from western countries can do so much but the development of our healthcare system lies in the hands of Liberians. It might be too late to turn back the clock that could have minimized the high death rate during the Ebola crisis if we had a better health care system.

    However, it is better late to have a functioning health care system now than never! LMDA advocacy to strengthen the weak health care system may be late but it is a start in the right direction. Hope the new government will make health care and education a priority because a healthy population coupled with an educated population leads to economic prosperity.

    Keep up the good work Dr. Louise Mapleh Kpoto. May God bless you and your medical team in carrying out this noble endeavor.

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