Tuesday, 3 June 2008

In Nigeria A Country of 140 Million People A Sick Man is The President

Dear All,

I am one individual, who gave Yaradua the benefit of doubt on his condition of health, but viewing him live on national television last week during his over 1 hour meeting with the media, I saw a President in Pain.I was more or less close to tears as I saw a president in pain, coughing almost after every sentence and obviously showing signs of great illness.Are we sure General Obasonjo did not impose Yaradua Knowing fully well that the Man would not be capable of lasting in office, Remember Obasonjos failed 3rd term project, Yaradua appears to be a good man, but we need to get a clear medical report of Mr President and if he his not fit to govern then his deputy Jonathan Goodluck should start preparing to be the 1st Niger Delta President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Kayode Ogundamisi

Doctors Insist Yar'adua has Churg Strauss Syndrome
Posted by Admin Sahara-Saharareporters, New YorkOn May 29,
During an interview session with a select group of journalists to mark the first anniversary of his usurped presidency, Umaru Yar’adua tried to downplay the severity of his health problems. But several medical doctors knowledgeable about his physical condition have reaffirmed to Saharareporters that Yar'adua was diagnosed a few years ago for Churg Strauss disease—and has been on a regimen of treatment since. According to the same sources, Yar'adua is also dogged by asthma, which may have been responsible for his persistent cough and labored breathing throughout the interview session. Yar’adua admitted to having been treated for a kidney condition in 2000. Even so, he tried to create the impression that his symptoms, which he admitted to in the interviews, were unrelated. But the doctors who spoke anonymously to Saharareporters said the symptoms Yar'adua admitted to on national television “are consistent with the Churg Strauss syndrome.” Dr. Salisu Barau Banye, Yar'adua’s personal physician, has been treating him over the years for asthma. Our sources indicated that, while governor of Katsina, Yar’adua had equipped the General Hospital in Katsina with dialysis machines to take care of his kidney treatments. Dr. Banye acted as the hospital’s medical director at the time.In the carefully packaged, nationally televised live interview, Yar'adua admitted that his arteries had dilated by 21/2 diameters, a condition that our sources describe as “vasculitis,” a major feature of Churg Strauss syndrome.Churg Strauss has a plethora of other symptoms, which may include symptoms such as psychiatric reactions as agitation or restlessness, which manifested by the inflation of the arteries of the brain. The syndrome also includes a condition called angioedema (accumulation of fluid in the face, which can also indicate the accumulation of fluid in the upper airway and compromise breathing in extreme cases), well-known cause of sudden death-a swelling of the face, can affect the ability to breathe, which Yar'adua rightly admitted during the chat. One of the doctors who spoke to us said that medical ethics respects a patient’s right to confidentiality about his medical condition—but with some exceptions. “A man who is in public office owes it to the people he leads to be candid and upfront about his medical issues. From that perspective, President Yar'adua ought to have disclosed his true condition instead of picking and choosing symptoms that bugged him at different times of the life of the syndrome before it was properly diagnosed.” They allude to recent disclosures made by the two US frontline presidential candidates-Barack Obama and John McCain as well as Fidel Castro, and US Senator Edward Kennedy.Yar'adua, who takes steroids, was flown to Germany in 2007, weeks before the massively rigged April elections that brought him to power. He has since been in Germany twice for medical emergencies, even though one of the visits was disguised as a quasi-official visit to the country. In April, Yar’adua was flown to Germany after he had a scary relapse. He spent 11 days in Wiesbaden, Germany, close to five of those days in intensive care where he was reportedly intubated (put on respiratory support).
He has since been trying to sell the hoax that his ailment was a simple case of allergic drug reaction. According to one of our medical sources, “What he didn’t tell the Nigerian public during his media chat was the underlying reason behind the adverse reaction to anti-malaria medication. Nor did he reveal that he was self-medicating on Metalcafin, an off the counter anti-malaria medicine when in fact he didn't have malaria as he claimed.”Churg Strauss syndrome has no known cure, even though it can be managed to prolong the life of its victim. Even so, the doctors who spoke to Saharareporters insisted that a patient with Churg Strauss was not likely to have the energy to carry out demanding official duties. Asked to comment on Yar’adua’s efforts to give an impression of improved health, one of the doctors said that a shot or two of carefully controlled substances—steroids--could always boost Yar'adua’s short-term ability to be active and to function at some minimum level of capability. “The steroids in his medicine cabinet could help him somewhat upbeat and healthy, but they certainly can’t sustain him for the long term,” said the doctor.During his presidential campaigns, Yar’adua had responded to lingering concerns about his state of health by bragging about his ability to play rounds of squash games.