Governor Idris Wada
By Patrick Ugeh
Three days after his discharge, Kogi State Governor Idris Wada Friday returned to Cedarcrest Orthopaedic Hospital, Abuja, for his first post-surgery check-up.
His broken thigh bone had been surgically treated at that facility after a fatal crash last weekend that left his aide-de-camp dead on the spot.
During yesterday's visit, Wada spent about 45 minutes with the consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Felix Ogedegbe, who used the occasion to explain the governor's speedy recovery.
Noting it was not a miracle, he said it was the outcome of a medical process that had worked for hundreds of patients who were brought to the hospital for similar treatment. "A lot of questions have been asked about why we didn't tie up his leg and all that.
"The modern way of checking thigh bone fracture is to operate them with a machine we call image identifier. We have the capability to do that, with minimal injury to the leg, because the leg has been injured in an accident and surgery itself is a form of injury - an injury that is necessary to treat the patient."
According to him, the efficacy of the process which makes patients walk without support within four weeks, had been scientifically proven.
"From your chat with His Excellency, you can see that he's doing very well at the moment. From our assessment, he's doing very well; he is gaining steadily on his post-operative course; we've not seen any problems at all.
"His physiotherapy is going on, like you saw him with crutch ambulation. He's walking around, keeping fit and with all the things we've asked him to do, I think he's doing very well at the moment," adding that Wada would drop the crutches very soon.
The governor expressed gratitude to President Goodluck Jonathan and Nigerians for their show of love. Wada was driven into the premises of the hospital in a metallic grey Toyota Caravan in a convoy of three vehicles.
Walking with the aid of crutches, Wada also sympathised with the people of his state over another accident that led to the death of a security aide to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Lawal Jimoh.
"I thank God Almighty and all Nigerians, especially Mr. President and all the people who have been praying for me," he told journalists.
"It's unfortunate and everybody is to take heart," he said. "Death is from Almighty God; it's from him we came and to God we'll return".