Egypt to Train More Liberian Health Workers

Liberia and Egypt have reached an agreement to train more Liberians in the healthcare sector, and to also strengthen the skillsets of healthcare personnel.

Vice President Joseph N. Boakai made the disclosure in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea following a meeting with the Prime Minister of Egypt, Mr. Ibrahim Mahab. The training program will primarily target nurses, physician assistants, and phlebotomists or Laboratory technicians, a release from the Office of the Vice President said.

The Egyptian training program to build the capacity of health care personnel was offered following a request from Vice President Boakai when he met with the Egyptian Prime Minister on the fringes of the African Union’s international conference on Africa’s fight against Ebola. Hon. Boakai expressed profound thanks and appreciation to the Arab Fund and the Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa for the numerous training courses offered the Liberian Government over the past years.

He informed his Egyptian counterpart that despite setbacks in the development agenda due to Ebola, progress is being made by the government in the areas of post-conflict development, reconciliation and “Agenda for Transformation” strategic policy framework.

Responding, Egyptian Prime Minister Mahab congratulated the Liberian Government for the progress it has made in the fight against Ebola, and promised increased assistance and other technical aid to Liberia. He called on the Liberian government to do more in nominating qualified candidates to take advantage of training opportunities in Egypt. He expressed optimism that the excellent relations between Liberia and Egypt will be strengthened in the years to come.

VP Boakai asked Acting Foreign Minister Elias Shoniyin who also attended the meeting, to ensure that appropriate diplomatic notes formalizing the training package be concluded in the shortest possible time, the release concluded.

Meanwhile, Vice President Boakai and delegation are back in the Country.