A popular Cameroonian pastor, Frankline Ndifor, has died from coronavirus barely a week after contracting the disease he claimed he could cure.
The pastor, who was also a presidential candidate in the country’s last election, had laid hands and prayed for the healing of some coronavirus patients at his Kingship International Ministries church.
Gaelle Nnanga, a medical doctor, who was called to treat Ndifor after he started suffering severe respiratory difficulties less than a week ago after falling ill with the virus, told Voice of America (VOA), that the clergyman died less than 10 minutes after receiving treatment.
Shortly after his death, his supporters, who addressed him as a prophet, blocked the entrance to his home in the capital city of Douala for eight hours on Saturday, as medical team tried to retrieve his body.
The governor of the coastal region said the police had to be deployed, after Ndifor’s supporters claimed the pastor was on a spiritual retreat with God and should not be buried.
They reportedly sang and prayed for his resurrection throughout last weekend.
However, 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 his followers, Rigobert Che, confirmed to VOA, that the “prophet” prayed for him and several others diagnosed with COVID-19 last Wednesday.
“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,” he was quoted as saying.
Health officials are now asking all those who came in contact with the pastor to report to hospitals to be tested for the virus.
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Ndifor finished 7th out of nine candidates in the country’s 2018 presidential election with 23,687 votes.
There are 3,529 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Cameroon, with 140 deaths.