akpoyioThe condition of Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, who survived car accident yesterday morning in Abuja, may not be as critical as was speculated in the media, hours after the incident, sources at the National Hospital have said.
Doctors attending to him say that he suffered Blunt Chest Injuries, BCI, a medical condition that affects the chest and organs within.
The accident left the Senate Minority Leader as well as others in his convoy hospitalised.
They were first treated at the National Trauma Centre of the National Hospital where sources told Nigerian Pilot that the former Governor of Akwa Ibom, who was in shock following the crash, was rushed to the emergency section of the hospital for immediate assessment. When his condition stabilised, he was moved him to the private wing of the National Hospital.
Investigations at the National Hospital by the Nigerian Pilot revealed that the former governor may have sustained injury to the chest area as another source said “when he was being wheeled to the emergency, we saw him holding his chest; we could see that he was in pains when he was also being carried out of the ambulance”.
Though the Assistant Director Information and Protocol Management, National Hospital who also doubles as the hospital’s spokesman, Dr. Tayo Haastrup, was not on seat during the visit to the hospital, Coordinator of the Trauma Centre, Dr. O, Olaoni was said to have indicated that Mr. Akpabio considered the accident his personal affair and would rather not have it discussed on the pages of newspapers.
However, Chief Information Officer of the hospital, Hajiya Rabia Labaran Mohammed, confirmed that Sen. Akpabio was hospitalised yesterday following the accident.
“I was told the Commandant of Federal Road Safety Service Commission, FRSC, with some aides of the former Governor brought him to the hospital after the accident occurred” she was quoted as saying.
She disclosed that the governor had undergone X-rays and other investigations to determine impact of the accident, and had been moved to the private wing and is recuperating. Sources at the Trauma Centre also confirmed that the condition of the former Governor was not critical as he was responding to treatment.
It was also learnt that Akpabio was in a state of shock when he was rushed to the hospital.
Reports said driver of the Senator, simply called Mr. David, said his boss was in stable condition but declined to say how the accident happened. Adding, that the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, J. Momoh, said he had no authorisation from the former governor’s family to speak on the matter.
“I cannot speak about a patient in admission without getting approval from his family. You should therefore excuse me,” Momoh said.
Sympathisers visit
It was however, observed that many vehicles were driving into the hospital, most of which were suspected to be friends and associates of Sen. Akpabio, but were diverted from the private area as only few people who may have been his aides and family members were sighted at entrance of the private wing.
Akpabio, whose car, a Mercedes Benz Jeep crashed into an American Embassy-owned vehicle around the Bolingo Hotel Junction after spending time in the National Trauma Center of the hospital, was seen been wheeled into an ambulance number 410-20f FG in the hospital with neck collar for further scanning after doctors had battled to stabilise him.
One of the early callers to the hospital was his predecessor, Governor Udom Emmanuel, who arrived in a three-vehicle convoy, led by a Toyota Jeep, with registration number, YAB 474 BG. The governor was driven in a BMW salon car with the number plates covered.
Also, Assistant Corp Marshal of the FRSC, Jonas Agwu, led other officers to see the accident victim.
Nigerian Pilot learnt that the National hospital would issue a statement on the condition of health of the former governor in few days time.
As at press time yesterday, there were unconfirmed report that Senator Akpabio was discharged from the hospital in the evening.

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