The Analyst (Monrovia)

30 November 2012

Liberian China-Trained Doctors Unfit Dr. Slewion Warns Against Their Assignment

The Director of Liberia’s National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) Dr. Michael Slewion is calling on the Liberia Medical and Dental Council (LMDC) not to incorporate Liberians-China trained medical doctors, because they are not up to the task.

In an interview with this paper yesterday, Dr. Slewion challenged the LMDC to conduct a thorough review of all the credentials of Liberians-China trained doctors prior to their assignment.

According to him, his office was informed that a number of Chinese health centers denied Liberian medical doctors the opportunity to practice on grounds that the Chinese institutions that trained them were quack.

Stressing the need to conduct proper research about scholarship beneficiaries and institutions they may be about to enroll at, the NCHE boss urged government to begin liaising with his office so as to have a unique vetting process.

He also wants all medical institutions operating in Liberia to reject their services until they are certified by the LMDC, owing to the fact that they have disgraced the nation.

Clarifying that he is not against the scholarship beneficiaries or China-Liberia friendship, Dr. Slewion noted that his office is keen on ensuring that Liberians obtain the requisite education in various disciplines so as to contribute to nation building.

It can be recalled; on Monday, November 26, 2012, LMDC Chairman Doctor Robert Kpoto frowned on the performance of Chinese trained Liberian medical doctors, citing lack of knowledge and unethical transgression.

Doctor Kpoto accused the government of the Republic of China of misleading Liberians and endangering the lives of thousands of others by providing fake medical trainings and availing substandard medical supplies.

The embassy of China is yet to officially respond to the issue which has become the latest discussion in Monrovia.

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