Liberia: Medical and Dental Council Launches Code of Conduct for Health Professionals

Liberia Medical and Dental Council Chairperson Dr. Linda Birch

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Monrovia – The Liberia Medical & Dental Council (LMDC) and partners have launched the country’s first code of conduct for health practitioners. The document is intended to guide all health professionals as well as those intending in venturing into the profession in the country.

Report by Jackson F. Kanneh, 00231770195412 / jacksonf[email protected]

Giving a
clear meaning of the Code on Wednesday, April 10, the LMDC’s Chairperson, Dr.
Linda Birch, said the document will set the standard expected of healthcare
providers. According to Dr. Birch, the Code of Conduct describes the behavior
and attitude that are to be projected by all health practitioners.

The LMDC’s
Chairperson said her institution will carry out a thorough assessment of health
institutions in making sure they abide by the codes.

document will serve as guidance for us all. We are going to make sure every
health facility operating in this country is fully registered with us and meets
all the necessary criteria to practice in this country in line with this Code
of Conduct,” Dr. Birch vowed.

further, the LMDC head said with the launching of the codes, the Council will
start taking drastic actions against unlicensed health operators.

“It is
illegal to be practicing as a health practitioner or operator without a
license. You will be punished by this body in accordance with this Code of
Conduct”, she noted.

Deputy Health Minister for Planning and Research A. Vaifee Tulay

Dr. Birch at the same time urged all healthcare professionals operating in Liberia to get a broad knowledge on the health professionals’ code of conduct in order to know what to and not to do when dealing with patients.

Performing the launching exercise on behalf of Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, Deputy Health Minister for Planning and Research A. Vaifee Tulay urged health practitioners in Liberia to work in line with the Code.

According to
Dep. Min. Tulay, the prerequisite for any health professional is to have
his/her license. According to him, government will take key action against
unlicensed health professionals.

“Nobody will
be qualified to be a doctor or nurse when he/she does not have a valid license
to practice. You cannot be calling for increment in salary when you are not
upholding your oath or this code of conduct,” Minister Tulay stated.

The Deputy
Health Minister for Planning and Research urged all health practitioners to
fully get involved in the implementation of the Code. According to him, the
implementation of the document rests upon everybody in the health sector.

remarks also at the launch, the House of Representatives’ Committee Chairman on
Health, Representative Joseph Somwarbi lauded the LMDC for drafting the code of
conduct for health practitioners. The Nimba County lawmaker assured LMDC of
government’s full support as they start the implementation of the document.

According to
him, the Code of Conduct will set the stage for improving the country’s health
sector. Rep. Somwarbi, however, challenged LMDC to hold health workers liable
for negligent which will put the lives of their patients at risk.

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