10 December 2012

Liberia: MOH Dissolves Complimentary Medical Board - Board's Role to Be Re-Defined

The Chief Medical Officer of Liberia (CMOL) Dr. Bernice T. Dahn has dissolved the complimentary medicine board and asked the board to turn over all its activities over to the Liberia Medical & Dental Council (LMDC) which has been legislated to oversee and monitor the practice of medicine (both Western and complimentary).

According to a communication dated November 22, 2012 addressed to the Chairman of the then board of Complementary Medicine at the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, Dr. John Reed, the Deputy Minister/Chief Medical Officer of the Republic of Liberia, the CMO/L ordered that the Board of Complimentary Medicine be dissolved and all it activities be handled by the LMDC which has a representative on the Complimentary Medicine Board.

Dr. Dahn, MD, MPh, expressed thanks and appreciation to the Board on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for the contributions that the Board has made thus far to the nation's health care delivery programs since its establishment.

He added that the Ministry looks forward to the collective efforts of the then Board members to ensure that Complementary Medicine is improved in the country.

According to our source who preferred anonymity said that since the constitution of the John Reed led Board, the roles of Complimentary medicine Division at the Ministry have not been defined thereby making the institution less functional.

The source added that it is now hoped that under this new arrangement everything will be done to ensure that the Complimentary Medicine Division at the Ministry will perform its duties without hindrance, so that it can be of standard as compared to others in other sister countries.

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