Patience Jonathan Hospitalised for Food Poisoning in Germany, Spokesman Says Its Not True
An online news portal, Saharareporters, had reported that Patience had been undergoing treatment in a German hospital for about four days.
The news medium reports that Patience was airlifted to the hospital by an air ambulance last week under emergency medical conditions.
It also quoted Presidency sources who said that the “emergency airlift departed for Wisbanden, Germany” but could not confirm if “her treatment was being undertaken in that city”.
The news of the Mrs Jonathan’s health became rife when. She was observed to have been absent from public function during the past week.
She has not accompanied President Jonathan on his trip to Addis Ababa for the funeral yesterday of the late Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.
Mrs. Jonathan was not with her husband in Anambra State on Thursday where he launched the Orient Petroleum facility.
Also, she did not join the president on his two-day trip to Senegal on August 22. The last foreign trip the First Lady embarked on with the President was to Trinidad and Tobago at the beginning of last month, few days after she hosted the African First Ladies Summit in Abuja.
But in a reaction to the speculation, the First Lady’s spokesman, Ayo Osinlu said Mrs. Jonathan’s foreign trip was “to take time off to rest” and not for medical purposes.
Osinlu confirmed that Mrs. Jonathan has travelled abroad since last week but that she was only away to take a “moment’s rest” given that she has not taken a rest since President Jonathan’s election last year.
He said the President’s wife decided she should take some time off to rest after hosting the African First Ladies Summit which she hosted late July.
“If you look at her itinerary in August, you will be wondering how she was able to accomplish that,” Osinlu said.
Asked when the First Lady is expected to return to Nigeria, Osinlu said, “In the course of this week she will be back home. But remember, it all depends on her plans.”
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