Leadership (Abuja)

23 February 2011

Nigeria: Gani Fawehinmi Died Due to Wrong Diagnosis - Family Member

Ado Ekiti — The late human rights activists, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, would not have died at the time he did if he had been properly diagnosed of the ailment that eventually took his life, his family member have stated.Gani died of cancer in 2009 after battling the scourge for more than one year.

Speaking on Tuesday in Ondo town at the inauguration of a N780m Health Diagnostic Centre built in his memory by the state government, his first son, Mohammed; and the head of the Fawehinmi family of Ondo, Justice Rasheed Fawehinmi; lamented that the legal icon would not have died if a diagnostic centre that could correctly detect his ailment had been established in Nigeria, when he fell sick.

According to him, "My late father was wrongly diagnosed and was being treated for the wrong ailment for months. He would have been alive today if a World class health diagnostic centre like the one being commissioned today had been established and diagnosed his correct ailment."

Mohammed also lamented that he would have been on his two feet at the occasion, if such diagnostic centre had been established when he had an accident, which later confined him to the wheel chair, some years ago.

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