Dr. Wang Jim, outgoing head of the Chinese medical team assigned at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Memorial Hospital says he was saddened to leave Liberia after successfully performing several surgeries on patients, including cataracts, glaucoma, and pediatric related ailments, among others.“Liberians are very good people to live and work with. I enjoyed the working relationship we have had with Liberian doctors especially the young doctors. I will miss them, but I am going to come back and work in this country,” Dr. Jim, who is an ophthalmologist (eye specialist), told the gathering at a gowning and farewell ceremony held in his honor in the courtyard of the JFK Hospital in Sinkor.He and his team are expected to leave the country on October 27, after spending two and half years in Liberia. Dr. Jim was gowned by the Liberia-Chinese Friendship Organization.Following the ceremony, he suggested to the Liberian government to place more emphasis on study opportunities for young doctors in foreign lands.“It is now time for government to concentrate all of its resources to empower local doctors to take over the country’s healthcare delivery system,” he said.“You need to know that only Liberians can take care of their health system, and not for them to depend on foreign doctors, because they would shortly leave for their respective homes,” Dr. Jim said.According to him, Liberia’s health situation has improved significantly, despite the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease that exposed weaknesses in the system.Commenting, Mr. Sheriff, president of Liberia-Chinese Friendship Organization, said they were appreciating Dr. Jim and his team for the role they played in the fight against Ebola in the country.“When Ebola hit the country, they were here for us. They sacrificed themselves to save Liberians from the virus. So we need to appreciate them in this way,” Mr. Sheriff added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Recruits from the Felix Austin Police College who are currently undergoing training were treated to a special luncheon by senior ranks of the Guyana Police Force on Friday.The annual luncheon saw trainees being served by officers at the Officers’ Mess Annex, Eve Leary.Speaking at the event was Force Training Officer, Clifton Hicken, who said the aim behind the initiative is to serve as an appreciative act to the recruits who will be entering the Guyana Police Force soon.Hicken noted that through this initiative, the new officers will be able to interact with their seniors on one level. He further urged the trainees to put their “best foot forward” as they enter their new professions.“On behalf of the administrative team, I would like to extend well wishes to all. As you go off into the world of work, I trust that you do your work to the best of your abilities,” the Deputy Police Commissioner stated.According to Hicken, over the years, the Police Force has seen a significant boost with more successful batches of recruits applying.He pointed out that following this batch, another is set to begin training in a matter of weeks.Nevertheless, the Force’s Training Officer outlined that most of the recruits who are successful during training have gone out in the field and are performing their duties excellently. In fact, he disclosed that the Force has seen more qualified recruits joining its team.Hicken urges qualified persons joining the Police Force to do so with an open mind and be prepared to go through the necessary training and ranking structure.Among the top officials serving the recruits at the luncheon on Friday were Commissioner of Police Leslie James, Divisional Commanders, the Crime and Traffic Chiefs, as well as heads of the various administrative departments within the Police Force.