By Emerson Kinge – Abu Dhabi, UAE, Thursday, May 21, 2020.
Authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a country in Western Asia have granted the wish of a Cameroonian woman who asked that her son be cremated and sent back home.
The stiff of Ojongobi Roland Besong was cremated in Al Ain, UAE’s inland oasis city on the Eastern border with Oman, Wednesday May 20, 2020, National Telegraph can confirm.
Ojongobi, a former worker of the Cameroon Development Cooperation (CDC), died of COVID-19, officials at the Dubai Hospital of Al Khaleej Street, Al Baraha said.
But authorities withheld the corpse since Thursday, May 7, 2020, immediately he was confirmed dead to prevent loved ones from getting infected by the virus.
The Cameroon Development Corporation is an agro-industrial complex that grows, processes, and markets tropical export crops. It operates in Cameroon in the Central African sub-region.
The cremated body is previewed to arrive at Douala, the capital city in Cameroon’s Littoral Region in a fortnight, a family contact told National Telegraph.
Pick up will be done by his mother from Douala, before moving to their hometown in Mamfe, in the country’s South West.
“It’s going to be unbearable for Ojongobi’s mother. I don’t know how she’ll take it seeing her son come back to her like some ground crayfish from the market,” a family member grieved.
Ojonobi is in his early 30s and moved to Dubai only three months ago due to the socio-political crisis ongoing in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions, family sources say.
He fell sick on Friday April 10, 2020, and was rushed to the Dubai Hospital by ambulance where he remained unconscious till his death.
Doctors established that Ojongobi suffered from high blood pressure, high sugar and COVID-19.
Authorities prevented family members from viewing the corpse, citing the UAE’s Department of Health (DOH) rules and regulations governing COVID-19 deaths.
The UAE now has 26,004 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 233 deaths. Global cases have now crossed 5 million with 328 thousand deaths.