By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”Enugu State government said yesterday a member of the State House of Assembly, Emmanuel Maduabum, who died last Tuesday from injuries sustained in a ghastly motor accident, was not flown abroad for treatment because doctors at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, advised against it.
The late legislator also lost his wife and driver in the accident which occurred early this month along Enugu Port Harcourt expressway as they were returning from a visit to his Awgu South constituency.
Governmentâ€™s explanation was to clear the wrong insinuation in some quarters that the lawmaker died owing to the inability of his family members to raise funds needed to fly him abroad after the auto crash for proper medication.
A statement signed by Governor Sullivan Chimeâ€™s Special AdviserÂ on Diaspora Matters and Special Projects, Dr Jude Akubuilo, said doctors at UNTH preferred to stabilise him because of the critical nature of his condition.
According to Dr Akubuilo, the governor had immediately afterÂ receiving the news of the accident, instructed that the lawmaker be moved from aÂ private hospital where sympathisers on the scene had rushed him to the UNTH and ordered that round-the-clock medical attention be offered him.
He said that on a visit to the hospital the next day with all members of the state executive council, the governor requested that the victim be flown abroad for treatment, adding that the doctors said he was not in a condition to travel, explaining that he sustained severe injuries, including an open skull, a crushed spinal cord, among others.
Akubuilo said the doctors rather complained about the absence of a sophisticated machine, known in medical parlance as ABG which they would have used to work on him.
Akubuilo said when Governor Chime learnt of this, he immediately ordered the purchase of the machine from England and it was delivered 48 hours later through one Professor Stanley Okoro.
A similar machine was also delivered to the hospital the following day from Italy on the governorâ€™s orders and both machines were deployed simultaneously to the lawmakerâ€™s rescue.