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– President Muhammadu Buhari has said he could not recall the last time he had a blood transfusion
– The president also said the major challenges of Nigeria’s health system is self treatment
– He also thanked Nigerians for their prayers while he was away on medical vacation
There might be indications that President Muhammadu Buhari had a blood transfusion while he was away in the United Kingdom for a medical treatment.
The president while speaking with top government officials on Friday, March 10, after his return said he could not recall the last time he had a blood transfusion in his life, Punch reports.
While speaking on his health and challenges he faced during his medical vacation President Buhari said: “I couldn’t recall when last I had blood transfusion; I couldn’t recall honestly, I can say in my 70 years (sic).”
While the president identified the major problem facing Nigeria’s health system is self treatment, he however, did not say if that led to the health complications he suffered.
He said: “I think one of our terrible things is self drug administration. We have to trust our doctors more and trust ourselves more.”
“Where I visited, they only take drug when it is absolutely necessary. They don’t just swallow everything,” Buhari said.
“I am deeply grateful to all Nigerians -Muslims and Christians alike- who have prayed and are continuing to pray for my good health.
“This is a testimony that in spite of the hardship being experienced, Nigerians support the government in its effort to tackle our country’s challenges.
“The best way for me to repay you all is to rededicate myself to serving you, protecting your interests and keeping your trust. I thank you very much.
“I am feeling much better now; there may, however, be need to have further follow-ups within some weeks,” he said.
He further commended the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for his efforts in handling the affairs of the nation while he was away.
He said: “Having said that, I am pleased that I am back. I am pleased that the Vice President enjoyed this break and he has to do much more this time around,” Buhari said.
“Youthfulness and intellect are squarely behind him while age and purely military experience are behind me.
“Let us continue to do the work. Nigeria will continue whether we are here or not.”
Buhari said he deliberately returned on Friday so that he could continue his rest while Osinbajo continued working.
“I deliberately came back towards the weekend so that the Vice President will continue and I will continue to rest,” Buhari added.
Meanwhile, President Buhari advised well meaning Nigerians to rather remain in their stations to say a prayer for him and Nigeria rather than taking the pains to travel to Abuja to welcome him.
“ and prosperity,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Nigeria on Friday, March 10, after a medical trip to the United Kingdom.
During his time away, the vice president Yemi Osinbajo served as the acting president of Nigeria.