Dougbeh, We Hail You for Hailing Liberia!

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‘Hail’ used in this heading means “To call loudly to, or after; to salute, to address.” In the context of this definition, we deem it expedient to hail Dr. Dougbeh Christopher Nyan for using his profession to lift the name of his country and Africa on the world stage.

Dr. Nyan, who studied Zoology and Chemistry at the University of Liberia, holds a degree in human-medicine (infectious diseases) from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. In 2014 he headed the Diaspora Liberian Emergency Response Task Force on the Ebola Crisis, and had participated in the Innovation Prize for Africa for Social Impact in which he won an award.

Since coming to prominence as one innovative Liberian doctor, Dr. Dougbeh Nyan has participated in a number of scientific innovation events; one of which recently took place in Kigali, Rwanda.

In the June 25th edition of the Daily Observer, the Rwandan Government through its military hospital is reported to have offered support for the ground-breaking invention of Dr. Nyan following his presentation on Multiple Infections Diagnostic Test and lectures held at the Rwandan Military Hospital.

At the event, the President of Rwanda, Paul Kigame lauded the Liberian Medical Doctor and Scientist, and said “I like people who are problem solvers.” Dr. Nyan has played and is playing a key role placing Liberia and Africa on the plane of scientific innovation and erasing stereotyped images of drought stricken victims or fleeing African migrants on leaky boats drowning in the Mediterranean desperately trying to reach the shores of Europe.

In this regard, the success of Dr. Nyan is an achievement that has won the envy of his scientific colleagues in the United States of America and elsewhere. Indisputably, Dr. Dougbeh Nyan has indeed made Liberia proud but his achievements belong to all of Africa.

Interestingly, Dr. Nyan was educated right here in Liberia from elementary through high school and at the University of Liberia before going abroad to study. Unlike Liberia’s prewar days, when its referral hospital, John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital, and premier university, the University of Liberia was a magnet that attracted patients as well as students from across the African continent.

Against the decline in values and respect for education, one can ask as Nathaniel did about Jesus when Dougbeh’s story is told, “Can anything good come out of Liberia?” Yes of course, and we believe that there are many Dougbehs waiting in the wings only if attention and support are given to education with the view to inculcating renewed values of hard work, discipline, patriotism and service to humanity.

Only then we shall make it possible to reproduce many more Dougbehs. In short, investment in education is the surest means through which the country can develop and place itself on par with other countries in the world.

Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan’s professional accomplishments in Liberia and on the African Continent at large should not only inspire all and sundry but should also serve as a wake-up call to our national leadership to provide the requisite support to the building of a healthy and vibrant educational system, a system which will say a good-bye to the lack of libraries and laboratories as well as the shortage of educational materials including books, desks, chairs and other relevant materials.

With this done we can safely boast of creating an environment wherein every child can live up to his/her fullest potential and to be all what they want to and can be. It can be recalled that former US President, Barack Obama, speaking to beneficiaries of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) fellows in Washington, D.C. in 2014, told them to work to bring the change they want in their respective domains.

This is exactly what the Liberian scientist is doing to change the future health situation of Liberia and Africa respectively. In this regard, all Liberians in their various fields of endeavor and from all disciplines, must see themselves as drivers of Liberia’s development to lift its people out of poverty and free them of the shackles of disease.

In our National Anthem, we sing, “All hail Liberia hail! All hail Liberia hail!” We are all under obligation to adhere to the true meaning of this national song to demonstrate our patriotism to this glorious land of Liberty if it should remain ours in shining glory.

The country where the Liberian scientist lectured and presented his innovative work is one of the fast developing countries in Africa. In order to create a spirit of oneness and patriotism in its citizens, the government of Rwanda invested heavily in education — with emphasis in Technology in university and vocational studies.

We hope and pray that the Government of Liberia will learn the best from Rwanda to create conditions in Liberia that will help inspire other innovative and enterprising Liberians to emulate the good example of Dougbeh Chris Nyan.

We say bravo to Dr. Nyan again for his achievement and we laud the government of Rwanda for acknowledging and recognizing the value and relevance of his achievements to Liberia and Africa.

The Daily Observer hails Dr. Nyan and wishes him the best in all of his endeavors now and in the future.

May God be his able and trusted guide!

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