Cameroonians Grateful for Ebola Death Benefit

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Families of the late Rev. Father Patrick NSHAMDZE, a Cameroonian who died in Liberia from the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) while working at the Catholic-run St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Congo town, have expressed their gratefulness to the Government of Liberia (GOL) for identifying with their deceased brother and the entire family members.

Brother Patrick, as he was affectionately called, was a Medical Doctor and Hospital Director at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital. He was also a Brother of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, which is one of the Catholic orders running the hospital in Liberia. Another Order that manages the hospital is the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.

Brother Patrick Nshamdze, 52, had been a member of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God for 23 years, before his passing on August 2, 2014. He reportedly contracted the Ebola virus on July 29, and died few days later.

The Hospitaller Order of St. John of God was founded in Spain in the 16th century by John Ciudad, later known as St. John of God. The order cares for the poor, sick, homeless and dying. It operates in more than 50 countries around the world.

Bro. Patrick’s family expressed their thanks and appreciation to the Liberian Government, through their embassy near Monrovia. Rev. Father MBINKAR Emmanuel NJODZEKA, brother of the deceased, acknowledged receipt of US$5,000, which was converted in the Cameroonian currency: “On behalf of my Father MBIN KAR RAPHAEL and the family, I write this letter to acknowledge that
I have received a sum of CFA 2,814,396 (Two million, eight hundred and fourteen thousand, three hundred and ninety-six Francs, CFA) from the Government of Liberian through the Cameroonian Ambassador to Liberia, H.E. Beng’yela Augustine GANG.”

Rev. Father NJODZEKA indicated that the entire family is thankful to the Liberian Government for what they term as a “wonderful gesture,” and they prayed for the government to continue to multiply efforts to annihilate completely this deadly virus. They also called on the Almighty God to have mercy on those who perished during the crisis.

A communication from the Cameroonian Embassy near Monrovia says US$5,000 has been donated to the biological successors of the Late Rev. Brother Patrick NSHAMDZE as a token of appreciation and solidarity to the many humanitarian services rendered for the people of Liberia by the deceased.

Amb. Beng’yela A. GANG stated with deep appreciation to the Ministers of Health and Foreign Affairs: “On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Cameroon, I am equally pleased to reiterate gratitude for this fraternal gesture. I am aware of and laud your personal favorable impetus as well as that of the Ministerial Team of the Liberian Foreign Ministry in this outcome.”

A Foreign Ministry release said the Cameroonian Diplomat also paid special tribute to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whose decisive action yielded this fruit. According to the Cameroonian diplomat, this gesture adds to the posthumous medal of recognition which the President bestowed upon the deceased and had forwarded to his family earlier.

The Ambassador further noted that the bereaved family of the late Rev. Patrick NSHAMDZE has since acknowledged receipt of the money through their Embassy here. He also stated that the symbolic gesture made by the Liberian Government to the people of Cameroon will go a long way to console the bereaved family following the tragic death of their son and brother, Brother Patrick NSHAMDZE.

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