LIBERIA: As Health Authority Announces ‘First Death’ From Covid-19; Family Of The Reported Dead Man Rejects

The Liberia’s Minister of Health, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah has announced the first death as a result of Covid-19 outbreak in Liberia, according to report the 72-year-old John Teah died at the ELWA Hospital in Paynesville City, Monrovia.

But family of the dead man speaking to the FPA, strongly rejected the report that their relative died of the deadly disease, noting that the information released by the Health Minister is all false.

“Mr. Teah was a builder; he was taken to the hospital on Wednesday and on Thursday he developed hiccup, which he didn’t come to from until he passed,” said this lady, who asked that her name be secret.

According to her, the deceased has a medical history of being a high blood pressure patient. “His pressure went up on Wednesday and we rushed him to the hospital on Wednesday, April 2. He was never a suspect of the virus.”

She even disclosed that when news broke that their father had died from the virus, the oldman’s relatives and sons, who lived just outside the hospital fence, stormed the hospital yard telling the people that their father didn’t die from the virus. “His son even demanded that they give his father’s body so that he can go and bury him,” she added.

According to her, the hospital authority had to call in the police, who came and took the boy and others to jail.

Police Spokesman Moses Carter confirmed to FrontPageAfrica that the deceased son and others were in police custody. “We have him and others in our care. We have called on the health authorities at the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) and the Ministry of Health to come and take their samples,” Police Spokesman Carter said.

Source: FPA

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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.