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Former Eagles captain, Henry Nwosu, to seek medical attention abroad

By Monday Osayande, Asaba
17 November 2022   |   4:04 am
Bedridden ex-Eagles Captain, Mr. Henry Nwosu yesterday, confirmed that he is being taken abroad for further medical attention, even though his health status is gradually improving following treatment at the Specialist Hospital, Asaba, Delta State.

[FILES] Henry Nwosu

Bedridden ex-Eagles Captain, Mr. Henry Nwosu yesterday, confirmed that he is being taken abroad for further medical attention, even though his health status is gradually improving following treatment at the Specialist Hospital, Asaba, Delta State.

Speaking to Journalists at the hospital premises, Nwosu, said that his condition has greatly improved given what he had experienced while in Imo State about a month now.

“I feel better now, and I want to thank Delta State government and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the overwhelming support since I arrived at this hospital.

“I want to use this opportunity to appeal for more support for ex-internationals, who really need help.

“I want to also thank the governments of Imo, Edo, Ondo and others, as well as organisations and individuals who have been supporting me to recover my health,” he said.

Nwosu’s younger sister, Mrs. Kate Kogolo, said the family members were “overwhelmed by the Delta Government’s gesture and love shown to our brother since he came to this hospital, but we decided to move Henry for further treatment to an undisclosed hospital abroad.

“When we came, we never expected that we were going to receive this kind of love from Delta State government and the people at this hospital. Before we came here, Henry had spent well over N3 million in Imo State battling the ailment, yet we wanted to keep it secret.

“Since the press blew it up, we have been overwhelmed by the support from the Delta government, who took over the entire cost of his treatment and concerns from across the country and outside the country.

“My brother is better now, but he is still on medication and I am happy and grateful to the state government for the overwhelming support given to Henry and the family.”

Also speaking on the football icon, the Chief Medical Director, of Asaba Specialist Hospital, Dr. Peace Ighosewe, said: “Nwosu has been here for almost six weeks now and compared to when he came, he has made a remarkable improvement and getting better everyday.

“When they came in, they preferred being anonymous, but from when we knew who he was, the state government took over his treatment and he did not spend a dime for all that was done for him.

“However, the family says they are taking him abroad.”

In his reaction, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, simply debunked the rumour that Nwosu’s conditions had deteriorated and he needed to be transferred from Asaba to Lagos.

Ifeajika said that the state government has not received any notice from Lagos, and neither has the Nwosu family disclosed where they are taking him.

“Henry Nwosu is a household name, not just in sports circles but also in football. So about three weeks ago when we knew he was in this facility, Okowa asked us to verify that information.

“We confirmed it and the governor ordered that every medical bill, plus other outstanding bills, would be offset by the state government.

“We have monitored him and over time he has greatly improved, but we are surprised by the rumours that Nwosu was not doing well, could no longer eat, walk and talk.

“That is why we are here this morning and added to that was that Lagos Government was going to take up his medical care.

“Today, as you can see, Nwosu can talk, walk, take his medication and do other things for himself contrary to the rumours making the round.

“It is alright that the family is taking him elsewhere, but in doing that, you don’t blackmail a benefactor.

“The environment of this hospital is clean enough and can aid his recovery because we have the right medical experts and personnel,” he said.