Monrovia – February, 2019: Firestone Liberia has accepted five new postgraduate medical doctors for a six-month intensive training period at the Duside hospital. This will see them master their surgical skills with emphasis on obstetric surgical emergencies.
Firestone Health Services, which includes a full-service referral hospital with 300 beds at Duside and two regional clinics operated as part of its fully funded community infrastructure, holds a “Level 2 Training Hospital” grading from the Liberian government’s Ministry of Health. This certification allows Firestone to train health practitioners such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, anesthetists and other health professionals.
The new intern doctors at the hospital in Duside, Margibi County are:
- Doctor Robin Vaye in Obstetrics/ Gynecology
- Doctors Jerome C. Johnson and Amos B. S. Darlay in Surgery
- And Doctors Charles G. Quealee and Lacrown A. Suburu in Internal Medicine
In addition to accepting postgraduate medical doctors, who have successfully completed their internship and passed the Liberia Medical and Dental Council’s (LMDC) Board qualification exam, the hospital also regularly accepts interns from Liberian medical institutions.
“We are steadfastly committed to the well-being of our community,” says Don Darden, Vice President for Administration at Firestone Liberia. “In addition to providing knowledge through our schooling system, and lodging to all our workers, we’re proud to offer our community quality medical care with top doctors such as these promising new interns.”
The programme benefits not just the Firestone community, but forms a part of the company’s commitment to building expertise and sharing knowledge within Liberia. Doctor Wollor, head of the Duside Hospital said “In the years since I’ve overseen this programme, we’ve had over 50 interns pass through our doors. I am proud to say that many of the interns have ended up in regional hospitals, bringing much needed expertise to communities throughout Liberia.”
About Firestone Natural Rubber Company, LLC:
Firestone Natural Rubber Company, LLC traces its origins back to 1926 when The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company first established a natural rubber production facility in Liberia, West Africa. The company operates a 118,000-acre rubber growing and processing facility, employing approximately 7,000 teammates who harvest and process natural rubber. After processing, the natural rubber is shipped to Bridgestone Americas’ tire plants in North America for the manufacture of tires. Firestone Natural Rubber Company, LLC is a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas, Inc.