7 Die ‘Mysteriously’ in Greenville

Investigation underway to establish cause of unexplained deaths including students


Residents of the port city of Greenville, Sinoe County woke up yesterday to discover that half a dozen of their kinsmen had died under mysterious circumstances.

In his reaction to the news, Derry S. Dokie, the Ministry of Health’s representative in River Cess with oversight responsibility for Sinoe County, said in a text response to the Daily Observer that there were “unexplained causes of the deaths which started at about 5 a.m.”

“Since 5 a.m. today (yesterday morning) six persons have died from suspected fever of unknown cause,” which health personnel in the county are investigating.

The Ministry of Health in Monrovia has been urgently called upon to put into place interventions before the situation gets out of hand.

The Liberian National Police (LNP) spokesperson, Sam Collins, confirmed to the Daily Observer that the LNP is investigating the deaths, and have dispatched homicide and forensic investigators to the county.

Collins spoke on a radio phone-in program yesterday after many versions of the deaths started filtering in to Monrovia from Greenville.

Collins called on the public to remain calm as the LNP is carefully reviewing the situation.

An ELBC correspondent in the county told the station that some of the dead were students and that their bodies are at the Francis Grant Hospital.

He reported that because of the intensity

of the crisis, health authorities in the county were in a meeting for most of yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has confirmed the news and told ELBC that investigation is ongoing to ascertain the circumstances leading to the deaths.

The Ministry of Health’s communication director, Sorbor George, said a rapid response team has already taken specimen of the dead for testing.

He said the tests will be conducted at a laboratory in Marshall, Lower Margibi County.

According to Mr. George, the victims had earlier complained of headaches and abdominal pains, and doctors struggled to resuscitate them “to no avail until they died at various intervals.”


  1. RIP to all of them, O our Father in Heaven!

    But the question is, what did we expect from the general neglect of the healthfulness of a nation whose political leaders rush to other West African countries, or the West for their own healthcare needs. That’s representation of “we the people” in our unique way.

    Not to mention that when scant revenues are being hurriedly hoarded for electioneering purposes (example, buying fleet of trucks and poaching popular partisans from other political parties), health hazards obviously would hover above marginalized communities where effective health delivery systems are non – existent.

    Unfortunately, in Liberia, we believe that political leadership is all about education from ivy league universities. For heaven’s sake, how could greedy, vain, arrogant, divisive, and indifferent persons be effective leaders, especially, in a fragile postwar state?

    Needless to say, should Liberians allow the powers that be to impose another avaricious power – drunk as president on the nation, we might end up joining the ranks of continuous conflict countries such as Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, and so on.

    Let’s eat roasted fish, drink chilled bottles of wines, shake our bottoms, and take it for fun.

  2. Liberia just passed slaughtered at will war in the hands of Charles Taylor et all and the loss of children,
    women, young and older men including sicked-in-beds; put flexibly at over 300,000 human beings. This
    deaths in Sinoe County must be investigated in a very painstaking way, and if connected with ritualistic
    killing for power as elections fever is all over the place, those involved upon conviction must execution.
    Every time a census is taken in the country, the population of the country is inflated upward, but really
    it is lower than announced. Liberians must in sympathy with themselves from this heinous kind of death
    or killing.

  3. What a sad event. Unforeseen occurrences befall us all. May the God of peace comfort their families and bring them back.


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