Former Head Of DPI In Guyana Succumbs To COVID

Stabroek News:– Former Director of the Department of Public Information (DPI) and Head of Communications for the Opposition, Imran Khan died this morning in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Liliendaal Infectious Disease Hospital almost a week after he was rushed there.

Khan, who is well known in the local media landscape and has been prominent on the political front in the last few years as he was a senior member of the Alliance for Change, tested positive for the virus on September 15th.

On September 24th from his hospital bed he asked for prayers as he said he could not fight alone.

“By the grace and strength of God I am still fighting this but it is getting lonely. I need more help and support. Please help me fight more. I can’t do this alone. Thank you,” he posted.

But the following day (September 25th) he was in a more upbeat mood as he posted that he was doing much better.

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“Thank you for all your love, prayers, messages of encouragement and support. I am overwhelmed beyond explanation and I am in excellent spirits. Difficult to respond individually to everyone but in time I will.

Please be assured that I am fighting and there is no giving up.

One love!”, was what he posted.

Sources say that Khan had not taken a COVID-19 vaccine.

Stabroek News understands that Khan’s wife, attorney-at-law Tammy Khan, is also stricken with the virus and was in the COVID ICU as well but has since been released.

Before returning to Guyana in 2015 to work, Khan lived in Antigua where he worked in the public relations department of the West Indies Cricket Board.

Khan’s death is one of the over 140 that have occurred for the month of September, the deadliest month since COVID hit Guyana in March 2020. Infection rates have also been extremely high for this month with some 5700 new infections.

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