The Chairman of the Liberia Chapter of the West African College of Physicians, Dr. Rose Jallah Macualey, says mental disorder is a global problem but is exacerbated in Liberia due to the armed conflict and Ebola epidemic outbreak.
Speaking Friday at the first Annual General and Scientific Meeting (AGSM) and 10th Memorial Lecture series of Dr. Joseph Nagbe Togbah under the Theme” Mental Health an Unrecognized Emergency in Liberia”, Dr. Macualey noted that the ailment has become an emergency because it has been neglected over the years.
According to her, the AGSM provides an opportunity to highlight the problems and elevate advocacies so that government and development partners will treat mental disorders in Liberia as an emergency and prioritize it in their policies, programs and budgets.
Dr Macauley told the gathering that the West African College of Physicians was formally inaugurated in Lagos, Nigeria on October 23, 1973 and that Liberia was a founding member, adding that unfortunately, the Liberia Chapter has remained a small chapter in terms of number of fellows.
Dr. Macualey pointed out that although the Liberia Chapter of the West African College Physicians is a small chapter, fellows and members of this Chapter continue to work hard to perform well or even better than some of the bigger chapters, noting, “Our chapter hosted a very successful 40th AGSM of the College in Liberia last November.”
‘Our Colleagues from other countries tell us that each time Liberia hosts the AGSM we raise the bar. The Liberia Chapter is grateful to the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health for the support we continue to receive,” she indicated.
The Liberia Chapter WACP Chairman explained that the Dr. Joseph Nagbe Togbah Memorial Lecture series had been organized by the Chapter for nine consecutive years in his honor for his numerous contributions to medical education in Liberia.
Dr. Hasipha C. Tarpeh, an official of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacies lauded the West African College of Physicians for highlighting the plight of people with mental disorder.
Dr. Tarpeh said that mental health all over the world is a challenge and needs serious attention, noting that Liberia as a country walking out of the ashes of the Ebola epidemic with the task to build a resilient health system is no exception to the world’s challenge.
Dr. Tarpeh furthered that research has proven that mental health is a health concern in Liberia as evidenced by the increase in the number of cases, needless to overemphasize the emergency nature of current situation.
“The fight against this emergency requires joint efforts with the support of partners and well-wishers alike.