JFK Describes Media Report on Looting As ‘Fake News’

Dr. Wvennie MacDonald, the administrator of the JFK Memorial Hospital, has helped put new procedures in place to keep Ebola out, including a triage station to identify possible Ebola patients at the front gate. John W. Poole/NPR

Recent report on social media and also featured in a local daily reporting of looting at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital linking some officials of the entity including Dr. Wvannie-Mae Scott McDonald, General Administrator, Ms. Munah Tarpeh, Deputy General Administrator and Dr. Billy C. Johnson, the hospital’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) have all rubbished the report as ‘Fake News’.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with those accused on the social media platform of carry out massive looting from the Hospital rubbished the report, noting that the source of such slanderous information is coming from detractors who do not want to see progress, but rather thread lies and misinformation in order to have their selfish aim accomplished.

“This report is fake, and has no iota of true in it, those behind such report are detractors of our progress” Ms. Munah Tarpeh, young and energetic Deputy Administrator of the Hospital who during the interview appeared frustrated over such report lamented.

Also speaking to our staff, Dr. Billy C. Johnson said at no time did any of the hospital’s staff ever made any attempt to take away properties of the hospital, has been reported on social media and published in the Front Page Africa that a pick-up truck was spotted carrying a freezer, flower pack, curtains, beds and other items leaving the hospital compound late Thursday evening.

Regarding the discovering of One Million Liberian Dollars in a taxi cab in the compound of the hospital where it was also alleged that the money discovered was belonging to the hospital proved untruth, as information gathered by our reporter from the police noted that the money in question and discovered in the taxi cab was belonging to a private citizen who was passing through the compound of the hospital.

In an exclusive interview with one of the investigators from the Liberia National Police who is said to be on the case confirmed that the money in question has been turned over to the police, while the man believed to be the owner is also been interrogated, and rubbished media report that the money was taken from the hospital by authorities.

Prior to this interview with authority of the hospital, Dr. Jerry Brown of ELWA Hospital and Dr. Peter Coleman, a member of the Liberian Senate who are on the transitional team of the hospital met with officials administrative team of the hospital to ascertain the facts surrounding acts the reported looting of the hospital was later discovered that such information was ‘Fake’.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.