New York State Senate, AIC Honour Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan, other Frontline Health Workers


for COVID-19 Response

Contributed By Fatoumata Njie

NEW YORK – Over the weekend the New York State Senate and the African Immigrant Commission (AIC) of New York and Connecticut honoured infectious disease scientist, Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan, and several healthcare workers in recognition of their outstanding services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony was part of this year’s commemoration of African Heritage Month 2020.

The US-based Liberian infectious disease expert, Dr. Nyan, along with other Diaspora health experts rendered the African and other minority communities with various services including direct care, contact-tracing, health education, pandemic awareness messages in infectious disease and explaining public health regulations that made an impact which caught the eyes of State authorities and community leaders.

Presenting the Official Citations, State Senator Jamaal T. Bailey thanked the healthcare workers and community leaders for their “sacrifices that saved countless lives during the heat of the pandemic.” Senator Bailey represents the 36th Senate District of the State of New York. 

New York was hard hit during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and became the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States. The shortage of ventilator, testing kits, personal protective equipment and the lack of policy direction from the US federal government placed more burden on the State of New York for which Governor Cuomo took the lead and charge for his State and the country. New York and other States have been seeing another wave of spikes over the past weeks. 

The head of the African Immigrant Commission, Mr. Mory Kouatey recognized the “important role healthcare and essential workers played in fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic.” He said that the bus drivers, the cleaners, and other service personnel also play a very big role in the fight against COVID-19. 

Other healthcare workers honoured were Dr. Alseny Balde and Dr. Nana Keita from Guinea, and Dr. Issa Turay from Sierra Leone. Several nurses that were honoured included Angela Maina from Kenya; Risi Liwani from Nigeria; Mawa Bility from Liberia; Zain Sesay-Harrell, Ashmawo Bangura, Mariama Fofanah from Sierra Leone, and Elizabeth Corshu, an essential worker, among others.

In her remarks, Zain Sesay Harrell, a professional nurse and official of the Sierra Leonean Nursing Association of the United States, said it was a great honour to be recognized by the State of New York. 

On behalf of the honourees, Dr. Nyan thanked the State of New York for the recognition and honour and the African Immigrant Commission for highlighting the contributions of African Immigrants to healthcare in the United States and the world. 

Dr. Nyan admonished “all professionals to be united in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 and other diseases and to be innovative so as to contribute to Africa’s self-sufficiency in science, medicine, and technology.” 

Dr. Nyan is a medical doctor, a NIH-trained biomedical scientist and inventor of a rapid multiplex diagnostic test for infectious diseases that included the Coronaviruses (COVID-19), HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Dengue, the Hepatitis viruses and many more. The Nyan-Test can detect about 3-7 infectious diseases and simultaneously identify them in less than an hour.


  1. Bravo Dr. Nyan, for putting the name of Liberia once again on the world map in finding ways to fight this Covid-19 pandemic. Oh how I wish the Liberian government would embrace your scientific expertise in researching some of the common diseases that are prevalent in our country, we would be on our way to finding cures to some.
    I have keenly followed how you volunteered your services to the government of Liberia in the fight of this pandemic, but were rebuffed due to reasons known to themselves. But sometimes a zoe is not taken seriously in his own home, but strangers come from far, and wide to get a taste of his/her powerful medicine.
    I pray that one day we will have a government in Liberia that will recognize you for what you have done in medical research that is benefiting the whole world today.
    Instead of embracing, and trying to bring you home to Liberia to help develop the kind of rural medical practitioners for our predominantly rural society, our government is more interested in putting up empty structures that they called “hospitals”, without any medication, or medical equipment to do anything like patient dialysis, or examinations.
    Please keep up the good work, cause the world needs Doctors like you, especially in this pandemic age.

    Tolo Bonah Corfah


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