The Liberia Medical and Dental Council (LMDC) has called on the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and the Ministry of Education to place a hold on awarding scholarship to medical students for study in China. Speaking at a news conference held in Monrovia on Monday, November 26, 2012, the LMDC through its Chairman, Professor Robert Kpoto, said medical practitioners graduating from Chinese medical schools are below expectation.
According to him, this could be that the selection process of these students for the scholarship program was not done properly. Hear Prof. Kpoto: "Medical practitioners graduating from Chinese medical schools are performing below expectation. They are even incomparable with doctors who are here. I mean, they are failure and something must be done about this."
"I want to think that something might have gone wrong in the selection and vetting processes of these students who have been given scholarship to study medicine in China," said Prof. Kpoto. Prof. Kpoto recommended that the LMDC be part of the entire selection and vetting processes so as to get the proper students for such scholarship.
Speaking further, the LMDC boss also expressed concern of the act of concessionaire companies bringing in their own health practitioners without doing and formal registration with the LMDC. The LMDC, he said, is an institution that was created through an Act of the Legislature to monitor, regulate and promulgate rules and regulations in line with the National Health Policy of Liberia, and as such, it must be respected at all times.
He said the LMDC, which major aim is to ensure that Liberians get quality healthcare, needs to test in order to know the level of qualification of doctors who are brought into the country by many of these concessionaires. "We need to know whether or not these doctors that are brought into the country are qualified. These doctors need to be licensed by the LMDC," he said.
Most besides, he said there is a need that qualified Liberian doctors get employed by these companies. He said the part of the LMDC's foremost responsibility is to ensure that qualified Liberia doctors get employed before and foreign doctors.