By TOM P. GORGLA
Gbarpolu County the newest autonomous county in the Republic of Liberia, will shortly get a fully-fledged, state of the art nursing college and midwifery, courtesy of a far sighted development initiative by a medical practitioner, Dr. Morris Yarkpalo Harris, currently working with the Phebe hospital in Suacoco, near Gbarnga in Bong County.
Extensively rich in strategic natural resources including diamond, gold, Iron ore and a remarkable virgin forest containing dozens of rare spaces of timber, Gbarpolu County, which is by all accounts an investors’ paradise, is yet to receive any institution of higher learning above the high school level.
“The opening of a College of Nursing in that part of Liberia is indeed a laudable initiative by Dr. Harris and we proudly commend him for his development concerns for his people” remarked a development analyst currently working with the United Nations Development Program [UNDP] in Liberia.
Born in the sleepy township of Salayah, in the Bokomu District situated deep in Gbarpolu County, DR MORRIS YARKFALO HARRIS has since his high school days nurtured the ambition of opening an institution of higher learning in his native area for the benefit of his people.
When the GBARPOLU COLLEGE OF NURSING is opened in Bopolu, Gbarpolu County, this urgently needed institution will not only serve the people of that county, but it will also be of considerable benefit to high school graduates from the surrounding counties desirous of obtaining top level higher professional education, particularly in Nursing and other related disciplines.
Currently, high school students from western Liberia, comprising Bomi; Gbarpolu and Grand Cape Mount Counties wishing to further their education in any discipline, must travel to the country’s capital, Monrovia in search of any such institution due to the abject lack of any institution of higher learning in that part of Liberia.
A considerable acreage of land in the county capital of Bopolu has already been acquired for the proposed GBARPOLU COLLEGE OF NURSING with groundbreaking for the project expected to be held shortly.