Hypertension, Heart Attack & Stroke Gain Currency Over Poison, Stress, Cold & Flu
What started as one of those rumours that, the Vice President, has suddenly taken ill and rushed to an Accra hospital, was subsequently confirmed through a hurriedly issued press statement by the Flagstaff House last Friday, throwing the Akufo-Addo Government, New Patriotic Party (NPP) and indeed, the whole country into a state of panic.
Government insiders, have remained tightlipped on the actual medical condition of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, however, severe heart attack and stroke, has severally been mentioned in certain circles as the reason for his emergency trip to London, late Friday night onboard a British Airways flight. He is said to be hypertensive.
Although, the initial information on the former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG) was that, he had been poisoned, Flagstaff House insiders, have mentioned London’s cardiac specialists’ hospital; Guy’s Hospital, as where the Vice-President is receiving treatment.
The hospital is known to be one of the renowned health facilities in England for heart and cancer related conditions. Unconfirmed reports are that, he could barely walk and also lacks clarity in his speech.
The Herald’s information from family sources is that, Dr. Bawumia, had collapsed at his Kanda private home early Friday morning after complaining of dizziness and was rushed to the 37 Military Hospital in Accra for treatment.
Earlier reports ahead of Dr. Bawumia’s emergency medical trip to London, had mentioned stress, cold and flu conditions, as accounting for his poor health, his absence from work and other official engagements last Friday.
But at the time of going to press, heart attack and stroke, had gained currency, especially with reports that he is currently at the Guy’s Hospital.
However, other reports say, Dr. Bawumia, had only suffered neurological condition called Vertigo. It is caused by problems in certain parts of the brain. At serious rate, a sufferer frequently falls as result of dizziness, spinning sensation, lightheadedness, unsteadiness, loss of balance and nausea.
It started with a statement from the presidency signed by Director of Communications, Eugene Arhin, saying that “the Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr. MahamuduBawumia, in the early hours of Friday, 19th January, 2018, reported feeling unwell. He was attended to by his doctors; and is currently undergoing medical tests and observation. Any further information will be duly communicated”.
But a few hours later, came media reports that Dr. Bawumia, had been discharged by his doctors and gone home to rest.
Government insiders had told The Herald that the Flagstaff House was planning to release pictures of him playing with his children at home to douse the panic that had engulf the nation by indicating that he was okay.
Shockingly, however, by midday Saturday,came the most serious news that the economist had been flown to a hospital in the United Kingdom (UK) with his wife; Samira,for proper medical treatment.
A green letter to this effect dated January 19, 2018, was this time signed by the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare.
It said, “The Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, on Friday 19 January 2018, left Ghana for the United Kingdom for medical leave on the advice of his doctors. He was accompanied by 2nd Lady Hajia Samira Bawumia”.
This means that, at all the time that the media houses were reporting that Dr. Bawumia had been discharged by his doctors and taken home to rest, he was actually on his way to London due to the severity of his condition.
Multiple sources, have told The Herald that ahead of Dr. Bawuma’s collapsing, his medical doctors had advised him many times to take a rest, but he declined the advice.He was also advised many times by President Akufo-Addo to rest and seek further treatment but again he declined. Flagstaff House sources, who were aware of his medical condition are none the least surprised at the outcome of his condition.
Additional reports available to The Herald is that the first letter issued by Mr. Arhin, was done under the strict instruction of President Akufo-Addo, but made against the will of Dr. Bawumia’s family.
Even close aides of Dr. Bawumia, were also against the issuance of the statement revealing the state of the vice president’s health.
Until the unfortunate incident happened, Dr. Bawumia, had a good number of programmes planned for him, including a scheduled dinner with top officers of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) but this was canceled.
Meanwhile, as the sad development unfolds, some social commentators, have hailed the presidency for making public the health condition of the Vice President but others feel the presidency was forced to make the issue public because a section of the media had gotten knowledge of his failing health and would have made it know any way.
Vice President of IMANI Ghana, Kofi Bentil, said the decision by the Director of Communications at the Presidency to announce that the Vice president had taken ill was apt.
According to him, it is important that the Akufo-Addo administration, runs an open government, one that the health status of the country’s leaders, will not be kept as top secret.
Speaking on Joy FM’s News File on Saturday, Kofi Bentil, who’s also a legal practitioner commended the government for being transparent, adding that there’s the need for the health status of leaders to be shared with the public.
“The health status of late President Mills and how long it took had a serious effect on governance in this country.
All kinds of things happened but I think that what this government has started is a good thing. We need to be updated on the health status of our leaders, I think they should continue.
You can always leave some details out but it is a good thing. We should also find a way to make sure that we have a means within the country to take care of our leaders at least at a preliminary level.”
Similar position was espoused by the CEO of the National Youth Authority (NYA) Emmanuel Asigri on the same show.