A two-day emergency treatment assessment in Monrovia was completed by a team of health professionals from the World Health (WHO) headquarters in Washington, DC, and the African Association for Internal Medicine (AFEM), in coordination with the National of Healthcare (MOH).
The goal of the study was to create a strategic plan for upgrading Liberia’s emergency and intensive care services. It also considered the action plan for the highest-priority measures, proposed training in WHO’s Basic Emergency Treatment course, and investigated the possibility of launching GETI in Liberia between May and September of this year.
The WHO as well as its partners are developing the evaluation to assist poor and middle-income countries in conducting a comprehensive scenario analysis of their urgent healthcare system and determining how to improve it.
Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, Liberia’s Minister of Health, deemed it prudent to contact WHO headquarters in Washington, DC, and request aid for the country’s health system.
“With the rapid speed of modernization, Liberia will require a mechanism in place to deal with potential drawbacks.” With the construction of expansion of new highways from Monrovia to Nimba, the continuing RIA highway, the rise in commercial motorbikes, and other factors, sufficient ambulances and emergency departments staffed by trained practitioners are required for message and in-hospital care.
“On behalf of the State and as Health minister, I promise you of Team Liberia’s complete assistance in strengthening basic emergency treatment services across the country,” Dr. Jallah said during the opening.
Prior to the two-day conference, the team undertook an assignment visit of important health institutions in Montserrat and Bong County with the Ministry of Health.
The visit of these health facilities, on the other hand, was designed to help participants better grasp how the current system operates and what might be done to improve it.
The visit will begin on May 2, 2022, mostly in John F. Kennedy General Hospital (JFKMC) in Monrovia, with a quick Powerpoint of what the team plans to perform at several referral hospitals thru the Health ministry (MOH).
This project uncovered the foundation and analysis of Liberia’s current position in terms of emergency health care services, as well as a strategic planning strategy for moving forward.
At the JFK Health Center, the team spoke with doctors from several departments, as well as medical students who were present for the WHO presentation.
Following the tour of the facility, Dr. Jerry Yekeh Browne, Chief Executive Officer, JFKMC, spoke with press for a few minutes
Dr. Jerry Yekeh Browne, speaking during a tour of the JFKMC grounds, praised the crew for their visit and regarded it as a significant benefit to Liberia’s health system. Dr. Browne explained, “They are here to make a determination and, just at end of the day, they will teach health workers at medical centers such that they are more active in providing urgent medical care services to patients.”
According to him, the task also looked at what emergency care services are available at different health centers and then assessed them, as well as providing advice to the Ministry for system development. The group also wants to make sure that the existing emergency instruments are up to par, according to Dr. Browne.
“I expect that our health-care personnel’ ability will increase as a result of their training, as they build on their existing knowledge and skills,” says Dr. Browne. We also aim to have our paramedics well-equipped to convey patients to the tertiary hospitals from various communities.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Jefferson Sibley, the Chief Executive Officer of Phebe Center in Bong County, expressed gratitude to the delegation for visiting Liberia. “We believe your arrival today is timely since we have wished for this for a long time,” he remarked.
He described how there aren’t enough ambulances to respond quickly to emergency situations, which he claims has resulted in a lot of deaths. He also mentioned the shortage of electricity needed to provide adequate pipe-borne water to critical places.
“Because we don’t have a solid system in place here, even getting patients from the crash scene to the tertiary hospitals is difficult, and as a result, the majority of them die.” “If you look just at deaths, our ER situation accounts for over 25% of all deaths,” Dr. Sibley revealed.
The ongoing two-day stakeholder gathering, on the other hand, gathered gathered health workers from several Monrovia health facilities.
Finally, when the meeting came to an end, Deputy Minister George Jacobs thanked the WHO team for always recognizing Liberia. He pledged the Ministry of Health’s help in dealing with every document accepted during the meeting on account of the Health minister.