By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie
About 29 Pharmacists from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Liberia (UL) have been advised not to join non-medical professional people to stage any form of protest or demonstration when there are issues confronting their profession.
The students who walked out of the walls of the University of Liberia today have been urged to always dialogue with stakeholders when there is a misunderstanding with the health sector.
Delivering the keynote address at ceremony marking the 15th Oath and Honors program of 29 graduates of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Liberia (UL), the Dean of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, Cllr. David A.B. Jallah encouraged the 29 pharmacists to study continuously adding that everyday presents new discoveries in medicines taking place around the world.
“This is just the beginning; I admonish you to remain steadfast while graduating from the School of Pharmacy.
This is not the end of your study; keep the torches burning but you need to avoid strike actions, do not join non-medical professionals to carry out protests. If you have a problem, come to the table; do not strike,” Dean Jallah told the 29 pharmacists.
In special remarks, the President of UL, Dr. Emmet Dennis, encouraged the graduates to move forward as they prepare to serve the Liberian people within the 15 political sub-divisions of the country.
Dr. Dennis acknowledged that the biggest problem at the University is faculty issue.
He said the resources of the UL have been limited to the extent that administration does not have the financial strength to send young graduates or faculty staff abroad for studies or advanced training.
Speaking earlier, the Dean of the School of Pharmacy, Prof. Jacob A. Kolawole, commended the Government of Liberia for the support given the School of Pharmacy.
Mr. Kolawole expressed the optimism that the 29 graduates will make a great impact on the society by providing excellent health services.
He reminded them that they are going in a complex society where they would interact with complex patients.
The School of Pharmacy Dean told the students that integrity and the fear of God should remain their priority.
He however encouraged them to work harder and stay committed to the job regardless of where he/she would be assigned.
As for his part, the Vice President of the graduating class, Mr. George Saye Dokie admonished Dr. Dennis to continue his good work that has transformed and continue to bring massive development to the University.
Mr. Dokie emphasized that salary disparities’ treatment to pharmacy professionals are clearly seen as unfair between them and physicians who are provided housing and other vital facilities.
Dokie further lauded the Government through the UL administration for making available their monthly stipends and called on the Health Ministry and the UL to establish a Graduate School in the country that would enable Pharmacists to specialize and make their contribution to the health delivery sector of Liberia.