By M. Uneh Yahmia
Dr. Nyan now serves the African people in East Africa but took up time to give his expert opinion about a pandemic that poses a great threat to the lives of ordinary people in his fatherland. He does this because a patriot always has loyalty to his homeland and its people. It takes nothing away from him if an incompetent leadership that despises merit and expertise but promotes spineless sycophancy doesn’t take heed but unleashes its marauding thugs to insult and threaten him. Words are taken seriously based on who expels them. Street urchins will always insult decent patriots. Incompetents will always fear the qualified and brilliant. That is the context in which we must understand the torrent of insults the CDC people have directed at the person of DR. Nyan.
Dr. Nyan’s disagreement with Jefferson Koijee’s interference in the works of health authorities amid the fight against the COVID 19 in Liberia places him in the league of brilliant doctors who have expressed strong opinions that contrast their governments’ responses to the viral plague. Dr. Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Health of the US, has on several occasions taken the bull by the horn to prevent Trump’s misinformation and disinformation about the COVID 19.
Dr. Nyan did the same in his interview with OK FM for which he is being insulted by a cavalcade of misfits. What is wrong with a seasoned professional giving his opinion on a matter he is so knowledgeable about? Any day the Liberian people would appreciate the great opinion of Dr. Nyan to the rubbish coming out of the CDC idiots. One thing is certain is that at the appropriate time these bimbos and their handlers will account for their insults and devouring of the republic. No matter how long it takes. They will account. That historical reckoning could be soon!
Dr. Nyan doesn’t want your job. He waited to be called by the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) to voluntarily help to prepare our country to combat COVID 19 but to no avail. He did not get disillusioned but continues to write in the papers providing his expert opinion about the killer virus. I remember reading a piece from him in the Daily Observer. In that article, he opined that some testing kits from the US Center for Disease Control were faulty. His criticism was confined to the dustbin by the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) only to be proved right later.
Dr. Nyan is not only a medical doctor but also a former student leader with a history of a long struggle against the dictatorship of Samuel Doe and the despotism of Charles Taylor. Thus, he is not allergic to the insults and threats of a collection of Idi Amins. He knows how to settle scores with social hustlers! You can insult him all you like it has nothing on him because his training prepared him for these moments. Can we say that of the vestigial organ of a mayor in Koijee or that black sambo to whom you all bow—Weah?
The Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) does not have a biostatistical lab and technicians. What gives it the authority to recruit partisans of the ruling party to collect and process data of suspected cases of COVID 19? What training do those partisans have to take a sample of suspected cases of the virus? Why isn’t the NPHIL using students from the University of Liberia Department of Public Health, the TNIMA, and the AM Dogliotti College of Medicine but is sitting supinely as a collection of lowlifes from the CDC naively interferes with its work?
A city government must busy itself with finding vacant properties for health authorities to use as isolation centers, ICU or doctors and nurse’s residences. A farsighted city government activates its contacts to lobby for donations in cash and in-kind to enhance the work of the health authorities. The MCC can source ambulances, ventilators, PPEs, Gloves, Mask and turn them over to health authorities. It can even beef up hygiene awareness in the communities so as to ensure the community is kept clean in order to reduce the risk of people contracting the virus. But to get involved with technical works required by virologists, epidemiologists, nurses, doctors, students of medicine, public health, etc., is mind-boggling.
At a time, the collective efforts of the right Liberians are needed to lessen the impacts of the deadly disease, the people in power are playing politics and putting the lives of the Liberian people at risk. All we see from Weah and his people in this time of crisis when they should pull the nation together, they have extended their perverted argument of enemies of the state. The barrage of attacks on Dr. Nyan and all who question the approach of the government towards combatting this virus is reminiscent of the enemies of the state nonsense. This is tragic!
Main Photo: Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson Koigee of the Ruling CDC