Dr. Mary G. Howard Nyaquie, the administrator of John F. Kennedy Memorial Center (JFKMC) yesterday told the Civil Law Court that the policy based on which they refused to admit Representative Edward Forh’s daughter, Nakita, at the hospital was formulated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Dr. Nyaquie who testified as the defense third witness said the policy was meant for health practitioners to refrain from providing treatment in emergency cases, unless a patient’s relatives presented a clearance from the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU).
She said President Sirleaf’s intention was to prevent more health practitioners from falling prey to the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD), which had killed several doctors and other medical staff.
“You are aware that in 2014, we experienced a deadly disease that we had never encountered before in our country to the extent that we lost great medical doctors who were our mentors. This was why the policy was adopted,” Dr. Nyaquie testified.
Her statement contradicted the allegation that it was the JFK administration which adopted the policy that declined Rep. Forh’s daughter medical services as a result of which she died at the hospital facility on September 27, 2014. Rep. Forh is claiming US$25 million as damages for his daughter’s death.
Dr. Nyaquie denied having any idea about Rep. Forh taking his daughter to JFK for treatment, although she is responsible and accountable for activities at the hospital, a position she still occupies.
“I did not know that Rep. Forh brought his daughter to the hospital and was refused. I got the information later from the report submitted by the doctor on shift on September 26, 2014,” Nyaquie said.
During his testimony, Rep. Forh claimed that he took his daughter to the hospital on September 26, but to his surprise, she was refused by doctors on duty without any reason.
Forh claimed that the doctors asked him to come back the next day which was on September 27.
Nyaquie said she was informed by her fellow doctors that Nakita had shown Ebola symptoms such as bleeding and vomiting, which prevented them from providing treatment to her.
“The policy prevented us from providing treatment to patients that were suspected of showing two or three symptoms of Ebola. That was the reason we did not treat Nakita,” Nyaquie clarified to the court.
Forh said he took Nakita to the hospital to use the Asthma Nebulizer to restore her breathing to normalcy since she suffered from asthma, a condition of the respiratory system with symptoms including coughing and sudden difficulty in breathing.
He said at the time, none of the individuals he sued paid attention to his daughter, leaving her to die in the hospital compound.
He also denied that his daughter had come in contact with the EVD.
Dr. Nyaquie along with Munah Tarpeh, Tannie G. Sneh, Dr. Billy C. Johnson, Dr. David Okiror, Prof. Joseph Njoh, Korzu B. Koryan-Browne and Dr. Wvannie Scott-McDonald, all employees of the JFK, are all accused of being responsible for the death of Nakita for which Rep.
Forh is claiming US$25 million in damages.