Following the ongoing controversy over the state of health of the Taraba state governor, Danbaba Suntai, the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has offered to render her services in ascertaining the true state of the governor’s health.
The governor had returned to the country last week after being away from the country for over nine months on medical treatment. He had sustained severe injuries when his personal aircraft crashed last year.
Speaking in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES, the NMA, President, Dr. Osahon Enabulele confirmed that the medical group made the offer but noted they have to be invited by the government in order not to be regarded as “interlopers”.
According to him, the gesture is intended to bring about peace in the state and country at large adding that “the ongoing brouhaha in Taraba state is not painting us in good light”.
The NMA president further disclosed that the group would equally like to be part of the committee being put together to verify the state of health of the governor.
This service, he stated, is being offered as NMA’s responsibility to the country.
Dr. Enabulele however called for the establishment of the office of the Surgeon General. The Surgeon General, he said, would serve as Nigeria’s chief doctor and provide Nigerians as well as her political functionaries the best scientific information available on health. Different from the Minister Of Health, he would be appointed by the nation’s president with the consent of the National Assembly, but would have no political affiliation so he can function independently.
“Surgeon General’s office should be quickly established as he would ascertain a political holder’s health such as in this situation. Nigerians should quickly call for the establishment of this office,” the NMA president said.
Making reference to the former late president, Musa Yar’adua, Dr. Enabulele reiterated that had the office of the surgeon general been established, there would have been no repeat of the 2010 scenario in which there were controversy over the state of health of the former late president.
“The surgeon general would have been called in to ascertain the real situation. It’s quite unfortunate that we have waited for a repeat of the late president’s scenario to play out again. One lasting solution is to establish this office,” he said.