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WACP Pledges Support to Sub-region Health Sector

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Monrovia, Liberia – West African College Physicians, a non-governmental organization, has agreed to assist governments and stakeholders in the Subregion to conduct research on infectious diseases.

Members of the college processing before the start of the indoor program. Photo by John Kumeh

Members of the college processing before the start of the indoor program. Photo by John Kumeh

At its 40th annual general scientific meeting in Monrovia, the college committed itself to assist countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak.

The move according to a communique is geared toward rebuilding the region’s health care systems.

The college amongst other things will provide medical specialists with high quality training with international standards to meet the health needs of the region.

Liberia’s health Minister, Dr. Bernice Dahn.

Liberia’s health Minister, Dr. Bernice Dahn.

At the program, Liberia’s health Minister, Dr. Bernice Dahn said building resilient healthcare systems requires strong government healthcare sectors such as planning, financial management, and accountability in the region.

Dr. Dahn said governments in the region need to charge of coordination and properly align with each other  to ensure  that the region builds a strong health care system in West Africa.

The Liberian health minister said government has developed an investment plan for health system in nine areas, each of which is a building block for a well-functioning health care delivery system for Liberians. 

To fully improve the health sector of Liberia for the next 7 years,  Minister Dahn said it requires 1.5  billion dollars.   

The President of WACP, Dr. Kalifa Bojang said the theme of this year’s celebration is timely as it seeks to rebuild the weak health care systems in the region after a devastating outbreak of the Ebola Virus.

Dr. Bojang said the existence of the WACP over the last forty years is a milestone, especially  being relevant as a body repositioning to change the dynamics of health care training and education.

He said the organization’s strategic plan cycle is due for renewal and its meeting will serve as an opportunity to plan ahead for the next 10 years or beyond. In an effort to move the college forward, the newly installed president  of WACP Dr. Ifeoma Egbuonu, promised to source out support from all.

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First female President of the West African College of Physicians, Dr. Ifeoma Egbuonu. Photo by John Kumeh

Dr. Egbuonu said her tenure will be a continuity maintaining standard, mobilization and participation. The symposium lasted for three days, it looked at diverse medical topics including combating threats of highly infectious diseases (HIDs) in West Africa.

The sub-theme of the discussion is Post-Ebola outbreak response. Progress of the post-Ebola response in the 3 most affected countries will be discussed with Guinea, at which point each of the affected countries will nominate a speaker.

The College was formally inaugurated in Lagos, Nigeria on 23rd of October, 1976. It was one of two constituent colleges of the West African Postgraduate Medical College (WAPMC), which was the largest specialized agency of the former West African Health Community (WAHC).

In 2001, the WAHC merged with their Francophone counterparts, the OOCCEGS to form the West African health Organization (WAHO) under the auspices of ECOWAS. This college works closely with WAHO.

The membership of the College originally covered the five (5) English-speaking countries in West Africa; the Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

Following the establishment of WAHO, the College gas has an increasing number of Fellows in the French-speaking ECOWAS countries.  Of the Francophone chapters, Benin, Ivory Coast and Senegal, the Ivory Coast was the first to be inaugurated. Currently there are also Fellows in Burkina Faso and Mali.

The Faculty is the academic/specialist unit of the College and there are presently six (6) Facilities: Community Health, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Laboratory Medicine, Pediatrics and Psychiatry.

All the Fellows and Members of the College in a member country irrespective of their Faculties, constitute a Chapter of the College. Currently, there are over 2000 Fellows.

The major functions of the College are: Organization of professional specialist postgraduate medical training in West Africa, through formal courses, workshops, conferences.

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