NAFDAC staff cries for help, needs N30m for liver disease treatment


A middle level staff of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mr Ephraim Anjembe Terkula, who has been diagnosed with Liver disease needs N30 million naira to get medical treatment at a health facility in the United Kingdom.

The wife of the affected NAFDAC staff, Mrs Christiana Anjembe, who disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja, called on well -meaning Nigerians to come to the rescue of her husband to enable him live.

According to her, the health challenge started sometimes last year but that they had been managing it privately.

She lamented that she had to appeal for public support because that was the last option as the family cannot afford to raise N30 million for the medical treatment.

Mrs Christiana reiterated that: “My husband has dedicated most of his life to the fight against drug counterfeiting at the agency over a period of 18 years.

“He is currently having a health challenge that is affecting his liver and also threatening his life.

“The doctors who have been managing his health challenge for over a year now have come to the conclusion that he has to be referred to the United Kingdom where another Consultant has been arranged to start treatment for him.

“Right now, what is required is about N30 million, including the cost of treatment and airfare in order to save the life of my husband.

“We wanted to manage our affairs privately but it is getting out of hand, hence, we decided to call on Nigerians- Good Samaritans, especially in the industry where my husband has contributed meaningfully, always in the forefront of fighting counterfeit drugs, especially, in the pharmaceutical and food industry which NAFDAC works closely with and other well-meaning Nigerians to come to the rescue of my husband.”

While appealing to the Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, who had earlier offered some support to come to the aid of her husband, she said: “I also appeal to the Director General of NAFDAC to also come to the rescue.

“So, with team spirit, from whatever NAFDAC can marshal out and also what the members of the general public can augment so that the life of my husband can be saved.

“Please, Nigerians, I beg of you, my husband has been serving Nigerians fighting counterfeit drugs, helping to safeguard public health, this is the hour that he needs the help of Nigerians.

“We are in an emergency situation that my husband has to fly out urgently for his life to be safe.”

She appealed that interested Nigerians can sent assistance to Account Number 0028919729 with STANBIC IBTC and that full names of her husband is Ephraim Anjembe.

However, a medical report from the consultants reads in part: “The above patient, a 44 years old man who was diagnosed of hepatitis C infection last year, 2018, he initially presented with yellowness of the eyes, severe fatigue, difficulty in breathing, abdominal distension with tenderness in the hypochondria, also with bilateral leg swelling.

“..He, however, advised to be seen for a procedure (a liver biopsy) in his clinic in London as soon as possible to be able to detect any early malignancy and commence other treatment.”


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