Buhari’s Ear Infection: Nigerian Medical Association Speaks Up


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The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has reacted to the news that President Muhammadu Buhari left Nigeria to treat his ear infection in London, UK, on June 6, Monday.

The general secretary of the NMA, Tanko Sununu, stated that there are competent ear, neck and throat (ENT) specialists who can effectively treat the president’s ear infection.

He said: “In Nigeria, we have very competent ENT surgeons in the country. We have a lot of competent ENT surgeons throughout the federation.

“Up till now we haven’t gotten the details from the president’s physician. Officially at the moment, we cannot comment on whether the president’s trip was right or wrong based on the fact that we don’t know the extent of the condition. We are made to understand that they had conversations with Nigeria’s ENT surgeons along with his personal physician. So, I don’t know if it is the assessment of the ENT surgeon that warranted him going out for further evaluation and treatment.”

Sununu added that President Buhari couldn’t seek treatment without a recommendation from a physician in Nigeria.

“You can never do away with the referral in medicine. Just like I said in the morning, we only make official pronouncements based on the information that is available to us.

“We don’t want to make a hasty judgment on what we don’t have rightful information about. Health is an issue that has to be devoid of political inclination. We want to base our judgment on the facts,” he stated.


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