16 November 2012

Liberia: President Sirleaf Fetes 16 Departing American Doctors - Urges Them to Continue to Come to Help Needy Liberians

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is encouraging a medical team from the United States, the National Medical Association (NMA), to continue to come to Liberia as many times as possible as Government is willing to work with them for the common good of the Liberian people.

“The services you provided to our people during your stay in Liberia have given us belief that we can always work together to do more for the people, and this is why we promise you total commitment in providing an enabling environment in your humanitarian work,” President Sirleaf told the cheering doctors.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader was speaking Thursday evening, November 15, at the Bella Casa Hotel, where she hosted a dinner in honor of 16 American doctors who have completed their medical outreach here in Liberia.

The medical practitioners of the National Medical Association, drawn from across the United States, had been in the country for a week-long visit, and provided medical assistance to needy Liberians on a free-of-charge basis. They worked in collaboration with the Liberia Medical and Dental Association (LMDA).

President Sirleaf noted that the doctors further demonstrated the benefits of the long-lasting relationship between Liberia and the United States, terming the United States as Liberia’s number one partner. She encouraged the NMA to continue to come to Liberia to assist its needy.

Speaking earlier, the organization’s President and head of delegation, Dr. Rahn Kennedy Bailey, praised the administration of President Sirleaf for its interest in quality healthcare delivery, which he said will always attract groups like his own to Liberia to serve humanity.

Dr. Bailey pledged his organization’s commitment to work with the LMDA in its undertakings in the healthcare delivery of Liberia. “We came, we learned, and saw the need to reach out to brothers and sisters in Liberia,” he said, adding, “Madam President, with your exemplary leadership, we will come again and again.”

The NMA President named three focus areas of their organization from which Liberia stands to benefit: Health Care without Borders, Partnering with Health Enterprises, and Aims to Grow Health Care in Africa.

The President of the Liberia Medical and Dental Association, Dr. Moses Massaquoi, thanked President Sirleaf for creating the platform from which they can collaborate with other international organizations like the NMA in reaching out to the common people.

Established in 1895, the NMA is the largest and oldest national organization representing African-American physicians in the United States. The Association has been collaborating with the LMDA in providing free medical services to Liberians at various health facilities, including the JFK Medical Center and the ELWA Hospital. The NMA team departed the country on Friday, November 16.

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