Dr. Michael Silverman, a Canadian infectious disease specialist who has been travelling regularly to Howard since 1999, said he found the church's findings "unbelievable."
"The Salvation Army leadership has ignored the multitudes of eyewitness accounts of corruption and mishandling of donated goods.
Their recent internal review fully exonerated the church," Silverman's
group Interfaith Friends of The Howard Hospital
stated in a press release Thursday.
Three months after Thistle's departure, Howard Hospital
is only functioning at 10 to 20% of its capacity, Silverman
said, endangering the 270,000 people it is supposed to serve.
group has collected a petition in support of Thistle and hopes to present it to Salvation Army General Linda Bond, who is scheduled to appear Friday night at a church event at the Metro Convention Centre