Monrovia, Liberia – Liberia’s Vice President Joseph Boakai is calling on medical practitioners in West Africa to use their expertise in addressing critical health issues in the region. VP Boakai said as part of government’s efforts to improve healthcare delivery in the region, Liberia has put in place programs to train more health workers.
VP Boakai also disclosed that Liberia has achieved the Millennium Development Goal # 4 in the reduction of child mortality.
In his disclosure, the vice president said this goal was achieved based on the unwavering efforts and commitment of health care workers in the 15 counties of the country.
The vice president made the disclosure recently when he addressed the West African College Physicians during its 40th annual general scientific meeting in Monrovia, Liberia.
Speaking at the opening of the meeting on the theme, “Building a Resilient Health System in West Africa: Social Economic and Political implications,” VP Boakai said Liberia has made gains in intervention programs that improved maternal health and basic packages of health services that were established in 2007.
VP Boakai told members of the organization that, as a professional medical organization in the region, lot is expected of WACP in bridging the gap in the health sector.
The West African College Physicians, a non-governmental organization, has agreed to assist governments and stakeholders in the subregion to conduct research on infectious diseases. The college amongst other things will provide medical specialists with high quality training with international standards to meet the health needs of the region.