Following the brutal injury inflicted on Miss Folakemi Akinbode, a corps member attached to the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH) Okolobiri, by hoodlums recently, the Bayelsa State Government has completed arrangements to fly her abroad for further treatment.
Bayelsa State Commissioner of Information and Orientation, Deacon Markson Fefegha disclosed this during a visit to Okolobiri, where the victim is still receiving treatment at NDUTH.
The Commissioner commended the management of the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri for its timely intervention and for preventing outright amputation of the nearly-severed hand of the victim.
Deacon Fefegha berated the negative publicity on the internet over the issue and urged Bayelsans and the general public to exercise restraint in condemning the administration on matters of public interest.
Also speaking to journalists during the visit, the Commissioner of Health, Mr. Michael Awoli thanked the hospital management and Prof. Olu Osinowo, a cardiothoracic surgeon in the hospital for successfully restoring life to the almost severed limb of Miss Akimbode.
He disclosed that all the necessary funds and logistic arrangements have been put in place by government to fly her to Italy in order to completely restore functionality to the hand.
Receiving the Commissioners at the hospital, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the health facility, Dr. Onyaye Kunle-Olowu commended the efforts of the state government not only for condemn the act outrightly, but also for promptly apprehending the culprits who are presently in police custody.
The victim, she said has had two major surgeries through which arterial blood flow, nerve sensation and movement of the affected part of the hand have been restored.
While explaining to journalists, the cardiothoracic surgeon in the hospital, Prof. Olu Osinowo, who led the operation, said they have been able to re-vascularise the severed limb, adding that the maximal functionality of the hand will take at least 18 months of intensive physiotherapy and care after the final surgery.
Miss Akinbode was flown to Italy on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.