Chronic Shortage Of Doctors Major Problem- Njor

JFK Hospital(LINA) –The patient-doctor ratio in Liberia is 40,000 patients to a doctor, the Chairman of Internal Medicine at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Medical Hospital, Joseph Njor, has said.

He noted that this is one of the “chronic problems” in Liberia today.

Njor made the statement when he addressed reporters during a press briefing in the conference room of JFK over the weekend.

“We are training medical students here so they can become medical doctors,” he noted, adding that midwives, physician assistants and environmental health staff are also being trained for the hospital to make it advanced like other hospitals in the other countries.

Njor added that the issue needs to be addressed in order to ensure the quick treatment and recovery of patients at the hospital.

“If we talk about Liberians going for treatment (at JFK) it is not just treatment alone because we are also training students to become doctors to increase the number of doctors in the country,” he stated.

Njor noted that the JFK occupies a special place in making sure citizens receive better health treatment at a minimum cost in Liberia.

“If JFK is taken out of the system of giving out medical care to Liberians that will lead to a serious disaster and will also lead to a decline in the people’s living condition,” Njor observed.

He indicated that there is no other hospital in the country that carries out the responsibility of training healthcare worker to become specialists other than JFK, which carries out that “tough responsibility.”

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.