Information Minister Lewis G. Brown
“We Are Awaiting Medical Advice,” Brown Speaks On West Point Shooting
By Wilfred Gortor
MONROVIA, Sept 9 (LINA)-Information Minister Lewis G. Brown has said government will act upon recommendations and medical reports in the case of Titus Kessedy, a young Liberian who was allegedly shot during the West Point quarantine protest.
Kessedy, who received a bullet wound in his stomach and went through intensive medical care at the Cooper Hospital in Sinkor, recently called on government to fly him out of the country to seek advanced treatment.
Minister Brown has however said the young Liberian has not completed treatment at the Cooper Hospital and that his request is subject to confirmation from local medical authorities.
He made the statement at the Ministry of Information special press briefing in Monrovia Tuesday.
The Information Minister said according to the boy’s medical record he is to proceed to the Cooper Hospital on October 2 to attend to final minor medical procedures, something he noted must be done to authenticate whether there will be need for further medical operations.
According to Minister Brown, the idea about seeking medical attention out of the country is a decision that can be made only by relevant medical authorities especially when there is a need to save lives.
He said in the case of Kessedy, doctors at the Cooper Hospital have already informed Government that what remains to be done is a minor procedure which will be completed very soon, noting, “ Government will not spare any effort to assist any Liberian in case of emergency.”
At the sometime, the 10 days ultimatum given by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to authorities of the Ministry of National Defense to probe the West Point shooting incident has elapsed.
Minister Brown said government will consult the Ministry of Defense and findings from the report on the shooting incident will be speedily presented to the President.