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Former minister of information and communication, Dora Nkem Akunyili critically ill



Former minister of information and communication, Dora
Nkem Akunyili is critically ill and under close medical
Early this year, Saturday Independent newspaper
reported that Akunyili was suffering severe health
challenges and was flown abroad for treatment. There
were also reports by Daily Post that her husband, Chike
Akunyili had confirmed she was ill.
Akunyili said: “Yes, she suffered some minor health
challenges but she is now okay. She is in the United
States. I spoke with her today. What happened was that
our son said she should come over and rest. You know all
our children are abroad.
“She will soon return to the country and we will show up
in a public gathering. There is a couple that wants us to
sponsor their wedding. Both of us will appear in public.
She is now okay.”
However, Prof. Akunyili’s special adviser on media,
Isaac Umunna, dismissed the rumours of her ill health in a
press statement published by CKN Nigeria on Saturday,
January 18, 2014.
The former director general of National Agency for Food
and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has
not made any public appearance since November 16, 2013
when she accompanied the then governor of Anambra
State, Peter Obi, to vote in their hometown of Agulu.
According to a relative of to the former minister who spoke
with The Trent today, March 23, 2014, Akunyili is
currently having serious health challenges. The source said
she has been flown to India for treatment but after series of
medical tests, the doctors couldn’t diagnose the ailment.
”We are deeply concerned about our sister (Prof.
Akunyili), her illness defies medical intervention,” our
family source, who did not wish to be named told our
correspondent in Abuja. “She has been to India, the
doctors could not diagnose her illness. She has visited
Pastor E. A. Adeboye, and yet her illness persists. This
is worrisome, and distressing.”
Another source, who did not wish to be named, who
visited her in her home in Abuja, also added that the health
of the former NAFDAC boss is deteriorating.

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