Kpoto Wants Support for Medical College

The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted April 27, 2004

A leading medical practitioner, Dr. Robert Kpoto has called on the National Transitional Government of Liberia(NTGL) to prioritize the revitalization and rehabilitation of the nation’s only medical college, the A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine.

Dr. Kpoto said for Liberia to produce trained doctors, the Medical College which was badly hit as a result of the 14 years civil war must be looked at with special interest.

Speaking in an interview with journalists yesterday, Doctor Kpoto observed that the college lacks chairs and other facilities for students to be better trained.

Dr. Kpoto said, because the college lacks the requisite facilities, students stay longer at the school up to ten years but the normal training process should be only six years.

“Well part of that is due to the war while on the other hand, it is due to the administration. The Dogliotti Medical College is a vital tool to Liberia’s health care delivery system and must be properly cared for,” Dr. Kpoto stressed.

Dr. Kpoto who is a 1974 graduate of the Medical College, used the interview to appeal to friends of Liberia, the various communities, donors and the international community to come to the aid of the college.

He lamented the lack of chairs and benches, laboratory equipment, teaching aid and absolutely nothing to work with.

Dr. Kpoto expressed regret that the government can not address the numerous problems confronting the medical college that is charged with the responsibility of training doctors for the Liberian people.

He said, instead of importing doctors, the government must prioritize the medical college to include the revamping of the J..F.K. Medical Center.

“If government expects for doctors to be sent to the interior of our country to cater to the poor, the Medical College must be given attention. Priority must be given to the health sector, topped by the medical college,” he stressed

Dr. Kpoto said, the John F. Kennedy Medical Center which is the nation’s teaching hospital must also be revamped.

He said if the government can do this, its name will go down in history as a government that cared for the people’s health needs.

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