Governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai
By Patrick Ugeh
It has eventually come to light that the decision to fly all the three aides of the Governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai, who were injured in last Thursday’s plane crash abroad is political after all rather than being informed by medical judgment.
THISDAY learnt Thursday evening that the National Hospital is sufficiently equipped and with adequately skilled medical personnel to handle the cases of the two - Suntai’s Chief Security Officer (CSO), Timo Dangana, and the Chief Detail, Joel Danladi - whose injuries were not too serious.
It was reliably gathered that the hospital feels only the governor’s Aide De Camp, Dasat Iliya, needed some medical attention abroad as the others are doing well and that even Iliya has started talking if slowly.
Iliya who had suffered fractures and was unconscious for some time, necessitating the delay in his being evacuated alongside the other two from Yola where they were first hospitalised, was initially due to be evacuated to Germany alone Thursday but it could not take place for what the spokesman of the National Hospital, Dr Tayo Haastrup, said was the non-arrival of the air ambulance scheduled to fly him.
However, it was gathered that the personal physician to Suntai, Dr. Ahmed Kara, eventually confirmed that all the three patients would be flown out by Wesnesday, as confirmed by the Taraba State Commissioner of Information, Mr Emmanuel Bello.
He said the decision was to be sure they all got the same quality treatment.
Iliya was said to have stabilised enough for the trip to Germany for additional treatment but the air ambulance had still not arrived by Thursday.
Taraba State Commissioner of Information, Emmanuel Bello, said Thursday that the delay in the air ambulance coming to pick the patient had nothing to do with funding as the state government was ready to bear any costs.
He had told THISDAY on Monday that apart for the ADC, who was in the Intensive Care Unit, the other two aides were generally in good condition and could return to work anytime from now.
“Their level of injuries does not call for serious concern,” he said.
Bello had said it was erroneous to infer that the decision to first take Suntai to National Hospital, Abuja, and subsequently to Germany for expert medical attention was not because the lives of his three aides injured in the same air accident were less important.