As NPHIL Identifies Two Positive Cases Of Coronavirus, Report Says Some Gov’t Officials Were Also Onboard The Same Flight

Suspended EPA Executive Director, Nathaniel Blama

An independent investigation conducted by the GNN has uncovered that four officials of the Liberian Government who were also on official engagement abroad and returned home on the same flight and date of the arrival of the Environmental Protecting Agency (EPA) boss, Nathaniel Blama, the first confirmed positive of the virus, why others  are yet to be named and quarantined.

According to our investigation, which also baffled many Liberians who spoke to this outlet disappointedly questioned authorities at both the Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL), as to why those who reportedly came onboard the same flight with the EPA boss are not been quarantined, noting that there are also unconfirmed reports that one of them upon arrival from Switzerland traveled to Lofa County.

Dozens of Liberians who spoke to the GNN are expressing fears that if the information regarding these officials is true, it may have the propensity of creating more cases in Liberia, “This news is worrisome, than I must question the government as to why these officials are doing this to us; are they wishing for all of us to die”?

As Liberians are said to be pondering over this latest development, many are publicly calling on the Liberian government  not to leave no stone unturned in providing safety for its citizens in the face of this deadly disease

Today, March 17, 2020, the Liberian government through the Ministry of Information announced that a second Liberian has been tested positive for the Coronavirus disease. The new case, Johnny Phillips, is a domestic worker in the home of Nathaniel Blama, the suspended head of the Environmental Protection Agency who earlier tested positive for the disease.

Health workers have determined that Phillips was a primary contact of Mr. Blama when he returned to his residence. They are continuing to trace and test several primary and secondary persons who he might have come in contact with. This exercise is continuing rigorously.

The government urges all to continue to observe the health protocols that have been put in place by the Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Institute. The Incident Management Team meets today (March 17), following which there will be additional measures put in place to curtail transmission of the disease.

Investigation continues

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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.