OJUKWU NOT ON LIFE SUPPORT MACHINE – ROYAL BERKSHIRE HOSPITAL
Contrary to reports in some media, ailing frontline statesman and respected Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu has neither suffered any further strokes nor is he on a life support machine.
The Royal Berkshire Hospital where the ex-Biafran warlord is presently receiving treatment which made the clarification insisted that their patient was in stable condition.
The statement by the hospital signed by its Public Relations Manager, Mr. Joe Wise (who gave his phone number as 01183226900 ([email protected]) and entitled: Statement on behalf of the family of General Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu said: 'We have been requested by the family of General Odumegwu-Ojukwu to clarify newspaper reports regarding his stay as a patient at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.'
Continuing, the satement said; 'General Odumegwu-Ojukwu was admitted as an emergency patient from the Lynden Hill Clinic. He was suffering from a chest infection for which he received treatment. His condition is stable.
'Contrary to reports published in a number of newspapers: The General has NOT suffered any further strokes; he is NOT on a life support machine and has not been on one at any time while a patient in the Royal Berkshire Hospital; the General's treatment is being funded privately. It said any further media enquiries should be directed to the Public Relations Department, 'but further statements will only be issued at the request of the General's (Odumegwu-Ojukwu) family.'
The Royal Berkshire Hospital is said to be one of the largest acute hospitals and nationally and internationally renowned for its high standards of care, using the very latest treatments and clinical equipment available.
There were heightened tension over the story carried by some on-line publications that Odumegwu-Ojukwu had a relapse. But Chief of Staff to Anambra State governor, Mr. Peter obi, Mr. Bob Onyema had dismissed it as the handiwork of those who do not mean well for Igboland.
Contacted on the development, the Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Obi on Media and Publicity, Mr. Valentine Obienyem said that since Governot Obi noticed that people were using Ezeigbos' sickness for other purposes, he had directed his aides not to make comments on him, but always to remember him in prayers and book masses for him
Pressed on the funding of Ojukwu's treatment, Obienyem said that the governor was still solely responsible for the payment of the hospital bill The governor has been quoted as describing his assistance to the Ikemba-Nnewi as a son's gesture to his father that should not be sensationalized for any reason.
Meanwhile, Ojukwu's family has expressed gratitude to the staff of the Royal Berkshire Hospital for the care being provided for Ezeigbo.