Only Buhari, His Doctors Can Answer Question On His Health – Health Minister


By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
Minister of Health Professor Isaac Adewole, on Monday declared that only President Muhammadu Buhari and his medical doctors can talk on the President’s treatment in a foreign hospital.
Professor Adewole stated this while speaking with newsmen at the inauguration of the Central Pharmacy Store and Maternity Building at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, Ile-Ife.
According to the Minister, the President may resolve to have traveled abroad as a matter of choice or on the advice of his doctors, saying, only the duo are competent set of people who could say why the President embarked on the foreign medical trip.
“The President is the best person to speak on this; he is our leader and also a private citizen. He is entitled to make a choice which will be influenced largely by the advice of his doctor”he said.
Professor Adewole added “I won’t describe it as a large volume but we still have people travelling abroad. One, it is a matter of choice and secondly, there is what is called bonding between a doctor and his patient, irrespective of where the doctor is and that creates a problem; the patient may not want to see a new doctor”.
“If a patient is using a particular doctor and that doctor is not around, he may likely wait. You don’t want to be examined by a new doctor, you don’t want to start all over again. It is one of the reasons and you can’t take it away.”
Commenting on the newly inaugurated Central Pharmacy Store and Maternity Building, the Minister lauded management and staff of the OAUTHC for “a wonderful job” saying their feats were largely under reported.
Professor Adewole however promised to ensure the clearance of the two containers of hospital consumables imported by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, for the hospital.
Speaking, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Professor Victor Adetiloye urged Federal Government to allocate more funds to the hospital as well as ensure  the establishment of a radiotherapy unit at the hospital, since the hospital had the best set of cancer experts and equipment but lacked radiotherapy machines to complement it.


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