By Emerson Kinge – Dubai, UAE, Friday, May 8, 2020.
Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have withheld the corpse of a Cameroonian who died in a hospital in Dubai, Friday, May 8, 2020, National Telegraph can confirm.
Ojongobi Roland Besong, a former worker of the Cameroon Development Cooperation (CDC), died of COVID-19, Thursday May 7, 2020, hospital officials have said.
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.
Ojongobi 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.
According to doctors’ reports, Ojongobi suffered from high blood pressure, high sugar, and COVID-19.
Authorities have prevented family members from viewing the corpse, citing UAE’s Department of Health (DOH) rules and regulations governing COVID-19 deaths.
Only a death certificate shall be issued to the family, authorities said, adding they’ll confirm to the family, Sunday if he’ll be buried in UAE or transported to Cameroon.