Fifty-six recruits, who had a successful entry into the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA) were ecstatic when they were “accepted” and “capped” by authorities of TNIMA over the weekend.
These recruits, our correspondent was told, had already done a three-month course with the institute, thus, qualifying them to be accepted by the authorities.
The newly accepted students are expected to obtain diplomas, qualifying them as either Physician Assistants (PAs) or Professional Nurses (PNs).
Thirty-one are studying to become PAs, while 25 are determined to become PNs.
Serving as the guest speaker at the occasions, Dr. (MD) Abraham Saar Borbor spoke on the “Role of Health Care Professionals in the Provision of Quality Health Care.”
Dr. Borbor asked: “Who are healthcare professionals? How can they provide quality health care?”
He said the provision of quality health care— in his opinion— depends on a number of factors, three of which he stated as materials, money and manpower.
Dr. Borbor said, “Materials/facilities include: hospitals, health centers, clinics, equipment, supplies and drugs. Since 2005, great effort has been made to rehabilitate these facilities; even as new ones were built. There is no denying that more health facilities are needed to adequately serve the population of Liberia, especially the rural area.”
He added, however, that many of these health facilities are poorly equipped; lacking basic supplies with limited availability of drugs.
“It is very difficult to provide quality health care in poorly equipped health facilities. This frustrates not only the healthcare providers, but those for whom these services were intended,” he further stated.
Clarifying his second point, Dr. Borbor said that money wasn’t everything, but could do many things, including paying health care providers well; constructing and equipping more health facilities; building new roads and maintaining old ones to get patients to the health centers, among others.
On the theme, “The Role of Professional Health Care Providers,” he told the students that to be a professional medical practitioner one must trained, committed, law abiding, respectful, disciplined, honest, hardworking, patient, tolerant, compassionate about your profession, reliable and— above all— willing to continue learning.
Dr. Borbor charged the new students: “You must cultivate team work and make your institution a part of you by taking initiative and helping to make things happen.”
Other speakers, including Dr. Wvannie Mae Scott-McDonald, General Administrator of the JFK Hospital, admonished the students not the take the health profession lightly. Dr. McDonald also administrates over TNIMA, which has its campus on the grounds of JFK.
Specifically, Mrs. Cecelia Morris, Chair of the Board for Nursing and Midwifery in Liberia, said it was good for all of them to know and live the Florence Nightingale ode.