Vice President Boakai Lauds Italy

Friday, 23rd May 2008
Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has lauded the Italian government for its interest in rehabilitating and upgrading the A.M Dogliotti College of Medicine.
He regretted the brain drain occasioned by the civil conflict, and stressed the urgent need to train Liberian doctors to man the countryís health care delivery system.

Vice President Boakai made the commendation Friday when a two-member delegation from the Italian Department for Cooperation in Rome, Italy, accompanied by the President of the University of Liberia, Dr.
Alhassan Conteh and the Dean of the A.M Dogliotti College of Medicine, Dr. Tarbeh Freeman, paid a courtesy call on him.

Vice President Boakai recalled the role Italy played in the establishment of Liberiaís only Medical college which is named after a distinguished Italian, and expressed satisfaction that Italy has again taken interest in helping to rehabilitate the school.

He observed that this time is a critical one in Liberiaís existence as a nation, with roads, health facilities, trained medical staff and educational institutions as major priorities in the reconstruction and renewal effort.

Briefing Vice President Boakai earlier, the head of the delegation, Dr. Elio Giombini said they were in the country to conduct feasibility studies for rehabilitation of the A.M Dogliotti College of Medicine.

He said under Phase One of the assistance package which is expected to last for between two and three years, the Italian Government will, among other things, provide laboratory and other equipment as well as teaching staff for the College.

In remarks, UL President Dr. Conteh thanked Vice President Boakai for the effort he exerted in ensuring that the team came to Liberia.  Vice President Boakai held discussions with Italian authorities for assistance to the medical college during his recent visit to that country last March.

He observed that due to the brain drain and low budget of the University of Liberia, the administration of the University has not been able to move the A, Dogliotti School of Medicine forward.

Also speaking at the meeting, the Dean of the A.M Dogliotti College of Medicine, Dr. Freeman cited equipment, a guest house, additional dormitories and additional teaching staff as priority needs of the College.

Dr. Freeman disclosed plans to bring together the Schools of Pharmacy, Nursing and Medicine under one institution.