23 March 2013

Nigeria: Ailing Taraba Governor, Danbaba Suntai, Moved to U.S. Hospital

Taraba State Governor, Danbaba Suntai, who was receiving treatment in Germany after he got  involved in a plane crash in October 25 last year, has now been moved to the John Hopkins University in the United States.

Mr. Suntai was flown to Germany in an air ambulance on October 25 after the crash which occurred  in Adamawa leaving him and five other passengers on the private jet injured.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Taraba Specialist Hospital, Prof. Zakari Aliyu, disclosed this in Jalingo on Friday while testifying before the ad hoc committee of the House of Assembly investigating the motives behind the CMD's recent press interview on the governor's health.

Wreckage of the aircraft that carried  Governor Suntai and five others

Mr. Aliyu had said in the controversial interview that the governor's brain injury sustained in the plane crash had made him lose some cognitive abilities.

The doctor, at Friday's session, reaffirmed the contents of his earlier interview, saying the purpose of the interview was to ginger up the state government on the need to transfer Mr. Suntai from Germany to John Hopkins Hospital in the U.S. to avail him better treatment options.

That, he said, has now been done.

"When I arrived in Germany, I met the physicians of the governor and we reviewed the details of his medical report. I asked the nurses attached to the governor and they made available to me all his medical records, Mr. Aliyu said.

"Since I am the consultant overseeing his personal physician, the routine interview I granted on his condition was to ginger up the acting governor to hasten Suntai's movement to U.S. which I am glad they finally did."

Mr. Aliyu explained that he had been handling Suntai's health for the past five years.

He said the ailing governor had also been receiving treatment for three chronic diseases which, he said, would not be divulged for ethical reasons.

In a speech at the session, the Speaker of the house, Istifanus Gbana, said the committee was set up to find out if Aliyu's press interview had not violated the Oath of Secrecy enshrined in the Civil Service Rule.

Represented by the Deputy speaker, Abel Diah, the speaker said Aliyu was not the personal physician of the governor and should have sought for permission from appropriate authority before granting the interview.

The Chairman of the committee, Edward Baraya, representing Karim Lamido 2, said the committee would study  Aliyu's response and submit its report to the assembly.

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