Gov. Babangida Aliyu of Niger on Tuesday directed the State Civil Service to work out the modalities for a mandatory annual medical check-up for all civil servants in the state.
Aliyu gave the directive in Minna while reacting to the death of Hajiya Bilkisu Mahmoud, a staff of the State Emergency Management Agency.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Mahmoud was reported to have slumped and died in Aliyu’s office on Monday.
The governor said the 46-year-old woman did not die in his office, contrary to media reports, but was rushed to the Minna General Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
“Doctors said she died of cardiac asthma, even though she had been receiving treatment for pulmonary asthma,’’ he said.
Aliyu said Mahmoud’s death could have been avoided had she sought for a second opinion about her ailment.
“I am sure if she had gone to seek second opinion, another doctor would have found out that the drugs she was given were not the ones she should have been given,” he said.
The governor said the medical test for civil servants had become necessary in view of the increasing number of people who were non-chalant about the state of their health.
“Many of us, including myself, are lousy about our health and doing exercises.
“I know many people don’t want to go for medical check-ups, because they do not want to know their status.
“If you ask people to do HIV test, they are so afraid. They prefer not to know.
“So, maybe we will take this year as a year of (medical) test for every civil servant, no matter how much it will take us.
“We must do it as a record and foundation to know who may need further medical attention and who may not,” he said.
Aliyu added that the woman’s death was not going to be in vain.
“Sometimes, one person’s death can (help us to) make many corrections”.
“We have to save other people who are not aware of their ailment, because they don’t want to know and some have not even tried to know,” he said.(NAN)