Infectious Disease Scientist, Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan in country to help with COVID-19 Pandemic, Awaiting GOL Response
MONROVIA – Following the annual conference of West African medical Laboratory scientists in Accra, Ghana last week, US-based Liberian infectious disease expert, Dr. Dougbeh Christopher Nyan has arrived in Liberia to help with the fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic as citizens are now being vaccinated around the world. He is waiting for a response from the government.
“I humbly submit to volunteering my expertise in helping with the COVID-19 Vaccination programme in Liberia,” stated a letter dated April 7, 2021 to the Liberian government from Dr. Nyan.
The communication was sent to the Liberian president through the office of the Minster of State, Nathaniel McGill. “I would appreciate you letting me know your thoughts at your earliest convenience as to what I can do to help,” the letter to Minister McGill mentioned.
“I will appreciate your response to my volunteering offer so that I can properly arrange my travel to Liberia after the Accra meeting and determine the duration of my stay in Liberia,” the letter added.
Dr. Nyan further stated that this pandemic has generated the need to mobilize the requisite human expertise and material resources that will enable our countries to successfully defeat the pandemic.
He is currently active with the COVID-19 pandemic response in the US as a member of the Maryland Medical Reserve Corps and around Africa as head of the Diaspora COVID-19 Pandemic Focus Group.
“I came to help fight the pandemic and will be here for the next several days awaiting the government’s response,” stated Dr. Nyan. Our paper contacted the Ministry of States, but Minister McGill was not available for comments.
A year ago, Dougbeh Nyan, the NIH-trained infectious disease scientist offered to help with Liberia’s COVID-19 response and to develop Liberia’s COVID-19 testing kits. He never received a response from the government, but conducted numerous awareness programs via radio and TV that benefited the population.
He said Africa needs to develop her own testing kits and not depending on NGOs and donations for her response to this global threat.
During the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Dr. Nyan testified before the US Congress on the epidemic. His expert testimony and proposals as head of the Diaspora Ebola Task Force was instrumental in getting US support in ending the epidemic and establishing the African Center for Disease Control.
At the just ended CelebrateLAB 2021 in Ghana, Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan, who is currently Chief Medical and Scientific Officer of Shufflex Biomed emphasized the “need for regional collaboration to enable the West African sub-region produce its own COVID-19 diagnostic testing kits and vaccines for Africa.”
Dr. Nyan is the inventor of the US-patented rapid multiplex pathogens diagnostic test that detects and simultaneously identifies multiple infections in less than an hour. The “Nyan-Test” is rapid, portable, affordable and easy to use in many settings.