LIBERIA: First Successful Brain Surgery Conducted In Liberia

The Medical Director of the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Regional Referral Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County says the hospital has carried out the first brain surgery in the country.

According to Dr. Francis Nah Kateh, the country’s first brain surgery was carried out by a team of Neurosurgeons from the Korie-Bu Neuroscience Foundation in United States.

Dr. Kateh told the Ministry of Information regular weekly press briefing Thursday that the surgery involved a lady who dropped out of the University of Liberia due to a brain tumor and needed surgery.

“Despite efforts to have her treated in neighboring Ghana, she returned to me and pleaded for my intervention or she would die of the sickness,” Dr. Kateh told the briefing.

He said during their three-week stay in the country, the U.S. team received and examined 60 cases but operated 18 patients, all of whom, he said, are in good condition.

Dr. Kateh said with the latest development at the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital, it is his anticipation that government will increase funding to the hospital to reduce the risk and disadvantage of Liberians seeking advanced medical attention out of the country.

According to Dr. Kateh, the hospital currently boasts of 12 specialist doctors, six interim doctors and a host of other health workers.

Speaking earlier, acting Information Minister Isaac W. Jackson thanked the Korie-Bu Neuroscience Foundation for the gesture, and hoped they would continue to come to Liberia as there are more persons who need their services.

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