One of Liberia’s Longest Serving Medical Doctors Celebrates His 80th Birthday- A Brief Profile
Dr. G standing third from left 1955 and lower right corner, in his lab at
Dr. G, as he is affectionately called, had moments of joy and reflection as he celebrated his 80th birthday on Saturday, June 20. Born in 1929, Dr Kanda Golafale started his elementary school in his hometown of Damballah in1939, and after three, he enrolled at the Mbaloma mission school where he graduated from the 8th grade in1946.
From 1946-1951, Dr. Golafale attended and graduated from the famous St.Johns Episcopal High School in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, Liberia. It was father E. Bolling Robertson who took him to St.Johns. He immediately enrolled at the
Cuttington College ( ) in 1952 and graduated in 1955 with B.Sc in chemistry. Kanda is thankful to Madam Catherine C. Barnabay, his chemistry teacher at St.Johns, who guided him to develop interest in the sciences. He returned to Now Cuttington University and taught biology and Latin for beginners for six months at which time he received a scholarship jointly sponsored by the Liberian Government and the Federal Republic of west Germany-Deutsher Akademisher Austausch Dienst (DAAD) as the program was called. This was in 1957. St. Johns
Dr.Golafale enrolled at the University of Heidelberg Medical School in 1957.since he had two years of German class at
, he immediately started med-school without having to go through a language class as this was required for foreign students. After a student excursion trip to Cuttington College in 1957, he fell in love with the city, and he decided to matriculate to the Free University of Berlin in 1958 where he graduated in 1964 with a medical degree (MD). Berlin
After two years of internship, Dr.G came back to
Liberia and worked at theLiberia in 1966 for six months. He again received a scholarship to go to Government Hospital to specialize in general surgery. From 1962-1972, Dr. G received his training at the Staedtisdes Krankenhaus Spandau Nord under Prof. Baukhage. West Germany
Dr. G came back to
Liberia in 1972 and worked as a general surgeon at many medical facilities in Liberia including the where he served the position as Chief medical Officer. During the period under review, he visited the Guy’s Hospital in John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital for a refresher course in medicine for three months. London
Dr. G was retired in 2006 at the age of 77 after serving as medical director at the
for eight years. Redemption Hospital
He now works as a private consultant at his Tweh Farm’s residence in
Dr Kanda Golafale is
’s oldest practicing medical doctor. During his speech at his birthday celebration, he remembered the following people who made positive impact in his life as a student and a professional. The following persons include: His mother Nyamgbey Golafale, A. Tamu Diggs who taught him ABC, Oldman Kinni Freeman and B. K. Metzger who served as fathers, Father E. Bolling Robertson, Catherine C. Barnabay, Dr. Arthur F. Kulah Bishop Emeritus, Liberia , Prof. Gunther Hartmann of Free Univerity of Berlin, and Rev. Dr.James Karmbor of the United Methodist church. United Methodist Church
He grew up as an Episcopalian but now a Methodist. He is married with four children: Jaa, Saki, Mike Tango, and Jamba.
Golafale, keep reading this blog!