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JFK Suffers Setback in US$25M Damages Lawsuit

first_imgA request to drop charges against several medical doctors at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center (JFKMC) on trial for alleged negligence that caused the death of Representative Edward Forh’s daughter Nakita, was yesterday denied by Judge Yussif Kaba of Civil Law Court‘A’ at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia.Forh is claiming US$25 million from the defendants for Nakita’s death on September 27, 2014, on the hospital’s compound.JFK lawyers submitted their demand immediately after Rep. Forh and his witnesses rested with the production of documentary and oral evidences.They in their documentary and oral evidences claimed that none of the witnesses’ testimonies linked any of the defendants to the commission of wrongful death of Forh’s daughter and as such Judge Kaba should not allow their clients to take advantage of the opportunity to testify and exonerate themselves from the claim.Those sued and are expected to testify are Munah Tarpeh, Tannie G. Sneh, Mary G. Howard Nyaquie, Dr. Korto Dorbor, Dr. Billy C. Johnson, Dr. David Okiror, Prof. Joseph Njoh, Korzu B. Koryan-Browne and Dr. Wvannie Scott-McDonald all of whom are employees of the JFK.It was the argument Judge Kaba refused to accept yesterday, thereby authorizing all of the defendants to testify beginning today, October 4.When he denied the appeal, Judge Kaba declared that the jury and court under his jurisdiction have every legal authority to ensure that the parties (Forh and the defendants) give accounts of what led to the death of Nakita.“We are not going to render any judgment now unless we have heard all of the evidences before the court. It is by those evidences that we can determine the merit of the case,” Kaba said.He then scheduled the defendants’ testimonies to today, Tuesday.Before he denied the defendants’ appeal, Forh’s legal team on July 31, 2015, filed a lawsuit for “Action of Damages for Wrongful Death” of his daughter at the facility due to their alleged refusal to accept and treat her in September 2014.In a 26-count complaint, Forh prayed the court to grant him US$10 million for general damages, US$5 million for punitive damages, US$5 million in compensatory damages and US$5 million in consequential damages.He said the hospital first refused to accept Nakita D. Forh on Friday, September 26, 2014, until she died on Saturday, September 27.“Despite the critical state of my daughter, the hospital insisted that we bring Ebola clearance while I continued to tell them that my daughter had asthma, but they did not listen to me until she died,” Forh said in his lawsuit He alleged that they arrived early Saturday morning at JFK, but none of the individuals he sued gave attention to his daughter when they simply needed to allow her use the Asthma Nebulizer to restore her breathing to normalcy.In their response, JFK lawyers argued that considering the circumstances, neither of the defendants is liable for the death of Nakita D. Forh as Representative Forh himself refused to listen to the advice of doctors and took his daughter home despite the fact that he had no medical knowledge.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberian Scientist, Others Invited to Africa 2017 Biz Forum

first_imgLiberian medical doctor, scientist and inventor, Dougbeh Chris NyanLiberian scientist and medical doctor, Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan is among a select group of twenty African innovators invited by the Government of Egypt to participate in the Africa 2017 Business Forum and the Young Entrepreneurs Day (YED) event.The Egyptian Government and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) invited Dr. Nyan to present his groundbreaking invention that detects and identifies three to seven infectious diseases in 10 to 40 minutes using one test.The Africa Business Forum is a landmark event organized by the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation of the Egyptian Government in conjunction with the Regional Investment Agency of COMESA. This year’s event will be held under the theme, “Business for Africa, Egypt and the World – Driving Investment for Inclusive Growth” and hosted in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh from December 7 to 9.The  forum will draw 250 handpicked delegates, while the Africa 2017 YED will feature the rising entrepreneurial stars of the continent, who includes Dr. Nyan.According to a dispatch, the event will also welcome leading private investment firms, visionary policymakers and a roster of farsighted African leaders who are currently changing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa and the world.According to the release, the 2017 African Innovation Special Prize Laureate, Dr. Nyan along with his company, Shufflex Biomed, is one of the select founders and young entrepreneurs that will engage in a series of entrepreneurial discussions with leading investment firms and multinational corporations.Dr. Nyan, was recognized and invited by the Egyptian Government and the COMESA regional economic block for his groundbreaking invention.According to biomedical experts, the “Nyan Test” is inexpensive and simple to use, and can be transported to inaccessible hard-to-reach rural settings. The test can detect diseases such as HIV/AIDS, West Nile virus, Ebola, Malaria, as well as Typhoid, Yellow fever and Tuberculosis, in less than an hour, whereas conventional methods take three hours to seven days to detect and identify one infection.“At the moment, we are currently seeking funding and investment to facilitate the present stage of producing our second generation prototype of the test, conduct field trials in Africa and South America, obtain pre-market clearances in various regulatory jurisdictions, and get the diagnostic test ready for the market,” said Dr. Nyan, whose invention won the prestigious Africa Innovation Special Prize for Social Impact in July this year.He further stated, “I am humbly requesting African governments and financiers to support the production of this diagnostic test for the people of Africa and the world. We Africans must support each other to find solutions to Africa’s enormous healthcare, socioeconomic problems,” Dr. Nyan said.On July 26 this year during Liberia’s Independence Day, Dr. Nyan, in line with his pan-Africanist outlook, dedicated his award and invention to the peoples of Africa. For now, it remains to be seen how Liberia and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will engage as Egypt and COMESA are apparently taking a promising and supportive lead on Dr. Nyan’s invention.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more