4 December 2012

Liberia: Chinese Trained Scholars Reacts to Medical Board

A group under the banner of Liberian Association of Chinese Trained Scholars has sharply reacted to recent statement by the Chairman of the Liberia Dental and Medical Council (LMDC), Dr. Robert Kpoto that medical practitioners graduating from Chinese medical schools are performing below expectation.

According to the group through its President, Mr. Moibah Keller Johnson, graduates from China are well-trained in their respective professions that can propel them to meaningfully contribute to the rebuilding process of Liberia. In a press statement, Mr. Johnson called on Dr. Kpoto and others to give the Chinese scholars the chance so that they (scholars) can prove themselves as other countries have done.

It can be recalled that Dr. Kpoto, while speaking at a news conference barely one week ago, called on the Ministries of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) Education to place a hold on awarding scholarship to medical students for study in China, because according to him, they were performing below expectation.

Said Dr. 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," Dr. Kpoto added.

However, Mr. Johnson wonders whether Dr. Kpoto and others are afraid because China is helping Liberia to produce more qualified and competent doctors in the medical field.

Said the Association of Chinese Trained Scholars' President: "As you may know, the health sector of Liberia is in dire need of more medical doctors, for which we had thought, that Dr. Kpoto and others would encourage young Liberians that are already cultured to take over from them, as age is fast factoring with them. Contrary to this, they have embarked on a smear campaign to stop those very young people from practicing their profession in Liberia. What share wickness."

But at the same time, the Association of Chinese Trained Scholars has written a formal letter to LMDC boss, acknowledging that there are challenges besetting every sector and that the medical sector is not an exception. In the letter, the group argued that, like graduates from other regions in the world, there are individuals who sometimes perform below expectation even in their professional areas.

Said the letter in part: "While we do not wish to interpose any challenge against the performances of the Chinese trained Liberian doctors, we do entertain the belief that you have professionally evaluated the situation and will appreciate were you to provide our association with any empirical data to substantiate the collective charge against our members. This, however, will put us in a position to advance the necessary recommendations for proper redress." "Please accept, Dr. Kpoto, the assurances of our highest consideration and esteem as we anticipate a timely response," the letter amongst other things added.

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