Dr. Dougbeh Christopher Nyan, a Liberian Medical Doctor and Scientist, in consultation with his research team, stated that he is prepared to make his invention and technology available to Liberia, the Mano River Union (MRU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Dr. Nyan, who served as Liberia’s 169th Independence Day Orator, invented a simple, rapid, and affordable test or “Real-Time Multiplex” that can detect many infectious pathogens, including virus, bacteria and protozoa. The multiplex is also capable of telling the differences between and among the pathogens at the same time in just 10 to 40 minutes, according to Dr. Nyan.
Dr. Nyan told our Health Correspondent the test can detect viruses including HIV, hepatitis, Dengue hemorrhagic fever virus (which has symptoms similar to the Ebola virus) infection, Ebola, Zika, among others.
The Liberian Scientist, who is based in the US, made the offer recently when he delivered the oration at the 169th Independence Day of Liberia, Africa’s oldest republic.
In his oration, Dr. Nyan told his audience including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other senior members of the Liberian government, “We need to train Liberia’s own corps of scientists who will devote their time to the bio-molecular studies of infectious diseases, including Ebola, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Zika, etc. etc. We need to closely collaborate with other countries in the region to conduct effective infectious disease surveillance and exchange vital public health information; we need to develop our own rapid diagnostic capability for early diagnostic testing for infectious diseases. We need to study the Ebola virus ourselves and study the survivors of EVD ourselves.
“Well, we do not need to look too far, for standing before you is your son, who has invented a simple, rapid, and affordable test that can detect many infectious pathogens and tell the differences between and among the pathogens at the same time in just 10 to 40 minutes.”
Dr. Nyan said had made the offer in order for the technology to be used to invest in the development, production, and commercialization of his diagnostic technology, which will contribute to the fight against infectious diseases in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Africa, and the whole world.
He urged the Liberian government to “act promptly in working out the mechanism, for the diseases are not waiting on us, but can strike any minute and cross international borders again.”
“This is a practical path to contributing to transforming Liberia’s diagnostic capability and that of the other countries and improving the health care systems here in Liberia and the world.”
Following his oration, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf conferred on Dr. Nyan one of the nation’s highest Orders of Distinction, the Humane Order of African Redemption with the Grade of Knight Great Band.
Speaking with our Health Correspondent, Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn disclosed that she has already initiated discussions with Dr. Nyan.
“He did visit me and during our discussions, I asked him to guide us through the processes that we have to go through,” the Health Minister stated.