28 November 2012

Liberia: Chinese-Trained Liberian Doctors Discredited

The Liberia Medical and Dental Council (LMDC) has condemned the work of Chinese trained Liberian Doctors as well as their Chinese counterparts operating in the country.The LMDC said most, if not all of those medical doctors trained in the People's Republic of China are operating outside of the prescribed standard for the practice in Liberia.

Addressing a news conference in Monrovia recently, two executives of the LMDC said those Liberian Doctors that are trained in China cannot perform up to standard, saying, "They fail to meet the minimum requirement set-up by the LMDC."

The two executives, Dr. Robert Kpoto and Dr. Nyanquoi Kargbo told the news conference that they LMDC is concerned because these doctors deal directly with the lives of human beings and to have unqualified doctors from China to operate or treat someone is very worrisome.

The LMDC said it is worrisome because those who are seeking and getting treatment from these individuals might encounter complication or death, saying "what we are talking about is life and good health which they are not competent to take care of. "

Although the two LMDC executives did not cite any example of mal-practice on the part of the Chinese trained doctors, they said that Chinese Doctors operating in the country also fall in the same category.

The news by the Liberia Medical and Dental Council (LMDC) yesterday sent a chill through the minds of several Liberians who are always frequenting Chinese clinics in the country.

Many citizens spoken to said the matter raised by the LMDC is a serious one and must be investigated as it has to do with the lives of human beings.

A university student who expressed concern over the issue said it is now left with the LMDC to produce some evidence on their allegation, saying, "When it comes to medicine, China is seriously ahead as live expectancy in that country is high."

A market woman told the INQUIRER last evening that the statement by the LMDC could be centered on competition as many Liberians are going to Chinese clinics as compared to going to a Liberian owned and administered clinic.

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