A popular Cameroonian pastor, Frankline Ndifor, has died from Covid-19 less than a week after contracting the disease he claimed he could cure. The news has left hundreds of his supporters panicked after the man had laid hands on them in an effort to “cure” them of the infection.
The Pastor was also a presidential candidate in Cameroon’s last presidential election.
Dr Gaelle Nnanga who was called to treat Ndifor after he started suffering severe respiratory difficulties less than a week after falling ill with the virus, told Voice of America that the Pastor died less than 10 minutes after receiving treatment.
Shortly after Pastor Frankline Ndifor died, his supporters addressed him as a ‘prophet’ and blocked entrance to his home in the capital city of Douala for eight hours on Saturday as medical staff tried to retrieve his body. According to Voice of America (VOA) news, Cameroon police had to use force to gain access to the pastor’s residence in the economic capital of Douala.
One of the pastor’s followers who was diagnosed and “helped” by him had this to say about the pastor’s demise :
“If you are the person that claims that you are curing COVID-19, and you are dead, what about the fellow people that were affected by the COVID-19? Now that he is dead, I do not know how the people that he was laying hands on will be healed.”
Medical staff have urged all the people who came in contact with the pastor to report to hospitals to be tested for the virus.
Besides praying for Covid-19 patients at his home and his church, Pastor Ndifor was also donating buckets and soap to the poor to protect themselves from the virus. His last public outing was on April 20, when he was distributing face masks to the poor residents of Doula.