28 January 2013

Liberia: Medical Council Closes Five Clinics for 'Dirtiness'

The Liberia Medical and Dental Council has shut down five clinics in central Monrovia for being dilapidated, filthy and operating in a sub-standard facilities.

LMDC's Clinical Field Coordinator, Joseph Coleman, said more clinics in Monrovia and parts adjacent will be shut down if they do not meet the guidelines to operate in Liberia.

Mr. Coleman said most of the institutions claiming to be health facilities are rather mat or mud-brick structures and lack the requisite facility to become clinic.

This, he said is unacceptable and runs contrary to the regulations of the Liberia Medical and Dental Council.

Mr. Coleman disclosed that during the closure of the health facilities, thirty bottles of expired medicine were confiscated from the Brown Community Clinic in Johnsonville.

Mr. Coleman encouraged the public to report any health facility that does not meet the standards of the LMDC.

The LMDC Clinical Field Coordinator said the council will be robust in dealing with criminal health related cases to curtail the high wave of malpractices in Liberia.

Clinics shut down by the Liberia Medical and Dental Council includes Elizabeth Memorial Clinic in Mount Barclay, the Soteria Clinic, Brown Community Clinic in Johnsonville, the Unity Clinic in the Cow Factory community, and the Dynapharm Clinic on Broad Street.

Meanwhile, a medical team of at least ten persons from the Physicians Across Contents is expected to arrive in the Country this Friday for the conduct of free surgical operation of people with hernia and hydro cede.

PAC is a Saudi Arabia based health organization venturing in the field of medical charity as well as helping people worldwide.

The PAC is working with the Supreme Islamic Assembly of Grand Cape Mount County and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to carry out the surgical operation from February 2-15, 2013.

According to a release, the medical team is expected to conduct about two hundred surgical operations on people with hernia and hydro cede.

The release said medical operations will be conducted at the Redemption Hospital and Bensonville Hospital in New Kru Town and Paynesville respectively.

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