Monday, April 20, 2009
TURAKI, REJECTED BY OTHER HOSPITALS, FLOWN TO SINGAPORE?
It appears the world is now seriously asking Nigeria to get its acts together and sit up? First they rebuffed Nigeria at the G20 world's economic summit in London by not inviting her. Now it appears they have also refused to take in for treatment in their hospitals, a Nigerian official, Saminu Turaki; who has, despite President Umaru Yar'Adu's preference for a German hospital, been flown to a South East Asia hospital in far away Singapore? Who knows if he is going to make it or be brought back as a cargo like the others? Either way Icheoku says it does not augur well for a country to be hospital-shopping each time one of her officials has a medical need while refusing to do something to fix her comatose medical system. Saminu Turaki belong to the inept leadership in Nigeria which could not build even one center of medical excellence and are perpetually begging hospitals around the world to take them in, each time they have a need either by sickness or as in this case, involved in an accident? What a shameless bunch of fringed leadership who do not mean well for Nigeria and still hold her in a death vice-grip? The former Jigawa State Governor and serving Nigerian Senator, Saminu Turaki, was involved in an auto-accident two Saturdays ago, en-route Abuja from Birnin-Kebbi, and was receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit of the Nigeria National Hospital, Abuja before his condition necessitated being flown abroad? Saminu Turaki sustained fractures on his right arm and on his skull during the vehicle roll-over accident. Icheoku ponders, what happens to a similarly situated average Nigeria-Joe who does not benefit from such privileged state sponsored air-ambulance trip to a foreign hospital? If only the leadership in Nigeria could be more fore-sighted and do good for and by Nigerians instead of nauseatingly and shamelessly beginning for hospital beds overseas, every time and all the time!