“We must now care for our very own and stop making referrals of medical cases to foreign countries,” Montserrado County Senator Geraldine Sherriff has said.
She recalled that prior to the civil conflict the country’s healthcare delivery system was among the best on the African continent, attracting patients from all parts of the world.
Senator Sheriff's statement was contained in a speech she delivered Wednesday at the first commencement convocation of the Liberia Dujar Technical College on the college’s campus in Kebbah, Barnersville Township outside Monrovia.
Seventy graduates received associate degrees and certificates in nursing, agriculture and electrical engineering.
She indicated that as a result of the protracted civil conflict, the country now suffers from insufficient healthcare workers and technicians and a health delivery system that needs to be revamped.
She observed that some of the best trained medical practitioners and technicians Liberia once boasted of are dead, while others have migrated to other countries in search of greener pasture.
Meanwhile, Sheriff is urging Liberians to take agriculture seriously, noting: “We must stop importing agricultural products, especially from countries that are younger than our democracy and hiring electricians from overseas or across the continent.”
She told the graduates to utilize the knowledge acquired to contribute to the country’s development agenda.
In brief remarks, the President and Founder of Liberia Dujar Association (LDA), Lois B. Hengrem, congratulated the graduates and admonished them to utilize their skills for the advancement of the society.