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Lassa Fever: APC guber aspirant Prof Shija under fire over comment on death of Benue medical doctor Tagher


The Benue State Ministry of Well being and Human Companies has slammed Prof. Terhemba Shija, for politicizing the dying of Samuel Tagher.

Tagher, a medical physician, died a number of days in the past of Lassa fever in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

The deceased physician, who was a workers of the World Well being Organisation (WHO) in Benue State, is alleged to have taken unwell and was referred to Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo State, the place he later died.

Following his dying, Prof. Shija, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, had in an entitled: ‘The Land That Devours Its Personal; A Dirge For All Fallen Heroes in Benue State,’ Prof Shija, accused the Benue State College Educating Hospital, BSUTH, Ministry of Well being and the State Authorities of being liable for the dying of Dr Tagher.

Reacting, the state’s ministry of well being expressed disappointment with Shija’s touch upon the dying of the younger man.

A press release signed by Haanya Aondoakura, the Media Assistant to the Commissioner for Well being and Human Companies, Joseph Ngbea, described Shija’s article as “a blatant resort to murdering details and politicizing deaths.”

The assertion reads beneath:

“A couple of days in the past, the medical career in Benue State misplaced one in every of its budding and hard-working members, Dr. Samuel Tagher, to Lassa Fever. As colleagues, family and friends of the fallen hero mourn and brace as much as face the fact of his premature dying, a famend tutorial and politician within the state, Prof. Terhemba Shija, fairly selected to make use of this unlucky incident to play politics together with his dying.

“Inasmuch as we wouldn’t wish to be a part of points with the professor, who ought to ordinarily be a statesman with out political bias in such instances, he selected to do in any other case.
“In his bid to be governor of Benue State in 2023 in any respect prices, he determined to make use of soiled political methods to endear himself to the folks. To this finish, we want to put the details straight, particularly because it regards how Dr Tagher was managed on the Benue State College Educating Hospital, Makurdi, earlier than he was transferred to a different hospital.

“Dr Tagher was dropped at the ability on January 5, 2022 and because of the signs he confirmed and the take a look at ordered for, a working prognosis of malaria fever was made and remedy commenced instantly. His situation was stabilized and a discharge was thought of. However the consultants managing his case determined to place him on additional commentary.

“It was whereas he was being noticed that he confirmed additional signs, which grew to become suggestive of Lassa Fever and extra assessments have been ordered which returned optimistic for Lassa on sixth January 2022. He was instantly moved to an isolation centre and remedy for Lassa commenced.

“It was at this level that he was referred to Irua Specialist Hospital, Edo State for additional administration. Sadly, he couldn’t come out and we misplaced him. Summarily, this was precisely what transpired and the way his skilled colleagues within the State tried to avoid wasting him.

“Earlier than one is certified to follow as a Medical physician, he goes via a collection of moral procedures in addition to oaths to uphold the sanctity of life. Within the case of Dr Tagher, we did our greatest for him in step with the calls for on us. It’s only unlucky that he would go the best way of all males presently.

“Professor Shija will not be a medical physician, however frequent sense expects that he ought to know all these and uphold them despite his determined political marketing campaign’s strain. A blatant resort to murdering details and politicizing deaths, to a big extant, would make our Professor look little than he ought to seem to the general public.

“We use this chance to sympathize with the household of Dr Samuel Tagher and want them effectively at this attempting time and will his soul relaxation in peace.”


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