30 December 2012

Nigeria: Governor Wada Undergoes Surgery, Rejects Treatment Abroad

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Governor Wada

Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State who was involved in a ghastly motor accident on Friday afternoon in Lokoja has undergone surgery at the Cedacrest Hospital, Garki in Abuja.

The governor, who was brought to the hospital at 8pm on Friday reportedly had fractured bones in the thigh and after examination was recommended for immediate surgery by the doctors. The surgery, which lasted for several hours, was declared successful by the doctors, who said the governor was "hale, and hearty, made and received calls this morning (yesterday)" when he woke up.

Briefing reporters at the hospital's premises in Abuja yesterday, the hospital's Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr. Felix Ogedegbe in company of Dr. Tunde Olawoye as well the Special Adviser on Media and Strategy to the Governor, Jacob Edi, said the forum was to avoid distortion of facts as well as "give the truth and nothing but the truth as regards the governor's condition."

Dr. Ogedegbe hinted that Wada was brought to the hospital at 8pm on Friday after being treated at the Kogi Specialist Hospital, Lokoja.

He said after due examination, the governor was briefed of his condition before he was told of the need to immediately undergo surgery to fix the broken thigh bone.

"I can confirm to you that yesterday (Friday) evening at about 8 pm, we received Governor Wada into our care in a condition that was very stable. We were told that he had been involved in a car crash and that he was taken to another hospital before he was brought here. However, when he got here, we assessed him.

"There were no immediate life-threatening injuries. He was found to have fracture in his thigh bone. A whole team did a comprehensive assessment on him and we decided to take him to the theatre. He had the bone that was broken fixed and had a very good night sleep and he is quite fine now, having woken up this morning (yesterday) and had his meal. So, as much as I can tell you, he is stable. He is not in a condition where his life is threatened at all." Dr. Ogedegbe said.

On whether the governor would be flown abroad for treatment, the CMD said that might be necessary as "the hospital is well-equipped and has the capacity in terms of expertise to handle the governor's condition."

Ogedegbe continued: "We explained his injury to him. We explained the fact that we have the capacity to treat him here as can be done anywhere in the world. He agreed to have full treatment here. He isn't that kind of person that will say I don't care what you can do, I want to be flown to anywhere else in the world. He gave his consent for treatment and that was immediately done. It was done as fast as it was needed. There is no immediate need for him to be flown anywhere.

Laying credence to Ogedegbe's assertion, Edi said the governor declined to be flown abroad and rather opted to be treated in Nigeria. He also confirmed that the governor's driver, Jubril Isah, who survived the accident with him, is in a stable condition at the Kogi Specialist Hospital and is responding to treatment.

Already, Vice President Namadi Sambo, has led dignitaries to the hospital to cheer up the governor. He was received by the governor's son who was in the hospital with other relations. Other eminent Nigerians, who visited Wada yesterday, included the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Pius Anyim Pius, former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman, Dr. Ahmadu Ali and Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.

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