The shortage of specialized doctors in Liberia would soon become history, as the government has established the Liberia College of Physicians and Surgeons, an official has said.
The College will train specialized Liberian doctors in various disciplines, the Secretary-General of the Liberia College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Stephen B. Kennedy revealed.
Making the disclosure in an interview with the Liberia News Agency Tuesday, Dr. Kennedy noted that to encourage this venture, the government through the Ministry of Health has established a post-graduate medical residency training program for medical doctors.
He said Liberia currently has 231 doctors, with 208 being Liberians, while 23 are foreign doctors.
Kennedy said due to the lack of medical doctors in the country to cater to the four million population, the current Doctor-Patient ratio is one doctor to 19,000 patients.
He explained that when more specialized Liberian doctors are trained the request for foreign doctors will reduce, and that Liberians will have no cause to send patients abroad for treatment of critical cases.
Dr. Kennedy also pointed out that when the country has more specialized doctors, ten of them will be assigned in each of the 15 political sub-divisions of the country.
He also disclosed that discussions are ongoing to bring in equipment to address critical medical problems Liberia currently faces.