A popular Cameroonian pastor who claimed he could cure the coronavirus disease has died from the virus days after his claims went viral.
Pastor Frankline Ndifor died from the coronavirus barely a week after contracting the disease he had earlier claimed he could cure.
Ndifor, a presidential candidate in the country’s last presidential election, had reportedly laid hands and prayed for the healing of some Coronavirus patients who turned up at the premises of his Kingship International Ministries Church.
A medical expert, Dr Gaelle Nnanga who was invited 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.
The pastor’s supporters were said to have blocked entrance to his home in the capital city of Douala for eight hours on Saturday as medical staff tried to retrieve his body.
The Governor of the coastal region revealed that police operatives had to be deployed when supporters blocked the entrance to his home and claimed the pastor was on a spiritual retreat with God so could not be buried.
After security operatives gained entrance into the late Pastor’s apartment, his corpse was retrieved and buried in front of his residence by officials of Cameroon’s COVID-19 response team.
One of the late Pastor’s followers, Rigobert Che confirmed that the “prophet” prayed for him and several others diagnosed with COVID-19 last Wednesday. He said;
“This is a pastor that has been laying hands [on the sick] and claiming that he cures COVID-19.
“If you, the person that claims that you are curing COVID-19, 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.”
Health officials have urged all those who came in contact with the pastor to report to hospitals to be tested for COVID-19.
There have been 3,529 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and 140 deaths in Cameroon.