LIBERIA: President Weah Flies Ailing Liberian Journalist, Philip Wesseh To Ghana With US$30K For Medical Treatment

Mr. Philip N. Wesseh, Managing Editor of the Inquirer Newspaper

After months of poor medical situation which subsequently led him to be bedridden at a local medical center in Monrovia, the Managing Editor of one of Liberia’s oldest newspaper, The Inquirer, Philip N. Wesseh is to shortly seek advanced medical checkup in Accra, Ghanaian capital.

Due to the seriousness of Mr. Wesseh’s illness, the Liberia George Weah through the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Dee-Maxwell Kemayah, has made a cash donation of US$30,000 to Mr. Philip Wesseh who has been suffering from a health condition.

Minister Kemayah made the donation on Wednesday on behalf of President at the Fidelity Health Center in the presence of Mr. Wesseh’s family and members of the Publishers Association.

The money was received by his daughter Ms. Wleyonnoh Mary Wesseh.

Minister Kemayah said President Weah is concerned about the health of Mr. Wesseh and therefore decided to intervene by having him evacuated for advanced medical attention in Accra, Ghana.

Foreign Minister Dee-Maxwell Kemayah hands over US$30,000 to the daughter of Mr. Philip Wesseh as Mr. Othello Garblah (l) President of the Publishers Association and Talk Show Host Tee-Max Jlateh (r) look on (Credit: FPA)

“The President learned of your illness, Mr. Philip Wesseh, and he was touched and is concerned about your illness. He heard that you’re admitted here at the Fidelity Health Center and the President being someone of empathy, of care, of concern for his citizens, has designated me as the Minister of Foreign Affairs to come and do representation. He wants you Mr. Philip Wesseh to as soon as possible get out of Liberia in pursuit of medical treatment. He wants to see you well, he wants to see you pushing the pen as he is an ardent believer in seeing a vibrant press,” Amb. Kemayah said.

Minister Kemayah assured Mr. Wesseh’s family that by the directive of the President, passports and other traveling documents that may be needed by them to travel with him to Accra, Ghana would be fast tracked.

In a shaky voice, Mr. Wesseh thanked the President for the gesture and said he never expected such huge gesture from the President. He said, if his condition is about money, then his problem is solved.

He also expressed gratitude to members of the Publishers Association who brought his condition to the attention of the President. “By God’s grace, I’ll be back soon,” he said.

The President of the Publishers Association, Mr. Othello Garblah, also conveyed his appreciation to President Weah for one of their members.

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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.

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