MOH Certificates 128 Emergency Service Providers
Following an eight – month intensive training, the Ministry of Health (MOH) through its International partners has graduated and certificated a total of 128 Emergency Medical Personnel.
The personnel were trained in different disciplines from the Emergency Medical Person Services (EMS) Division of the Ministry Health. EMS is considered as a pre- hospital, and is aimed at providing hospital first- hand medical assistance to patients while in route to the hospital on Ambulances in an effort to further enhance the healthcare delivery services in the country.
Eighty- nine (89) of the graduates were trained as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), while 39 were also trained as Emergency Vehicle Operations (EVOs). The program marking the second and largest official graduation ceremony of the Ministry’s EMS Division was held Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at Crown Hotel, located in Paynesville, outside Monrovia. Montserrado Healthcare officer, Dr. Yatta Sackie Wapoe, Speaking at the occasion, noted that the graduates have brought significant difference to the Ministry on grounds that they (graduates) have been working with the Montserrado Health Team to provide voluntary health care emergency services that had safe the lives of many patents. ‘’We are very excited for the fact that we have Emergency professionals that are helping to reform our health care delivery system.
Unfortunately, due to the financial constraint of our institution, only few are employed with the ministry while most of them are just volunteers. What we plan to do now is to see how best we can incorporate them at the ministry, because their services are needed. They are trained to run the emergency and ambulances. We will ensure that they all will be incorporated,’’ said the Health Ministry official.
Speaking further, the health official stated:’’ For now, we have about 12 ambulance in Montserrado and we currently have eight that are functional so just in case ambulances at the hospital don’t respond, you can call the dispatch team and they will available to take a patient.
There graduates have brought significant difference to the ministry because they have helped us in reducing maternal mortality and other emergency conditions. We have 89 Emergency Medical Technicians and we have 39 drivers. They have been working with Montserraado health team by responding to the emergency condition.’’
Dr. Wapoe, on the behalf of the Government of Liberia (GoL), extended thanks and appreciation to its international partners, especially the International Rescue Committee (IRC), for the support provided to ensure that Liberia produces medical emergency professionals in the country.
For his part, the valedictorian of the graduate class, Mr. Micheal K. Gaye, commended the Liberian government through the Ministry of Health and Country’s international partners the knowledge impacted in them.
‘’We want to extend our thanks and appreciation to the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health and the IRC and other implementing partners for impacting the knowledge in us. We are fully ready to work for our country and the society as a whole.
We are also skilled to work on plane ambulances and air ambulances. We can assure you that the knowledge we have acquired will be used to save lives of people from accident and other emergency health conditions,’’ he said.
The students’ leader ceased the opportunity to recommend to the Health Ministry to kindly extend the training exercises in the rest of the 14 remaining 14 counties. He then called on his colleagues to see to it that Association of Emergency Medical Technicians be established in the country to protect and monitor the working conditions of their services.