Former Minister of Information and Communications, Professor Dora Akunyili, has debunked a newspaper report which claimed that she was hospitalised in the U.S. amid alleged anxiety over the state of her health.
Akunyil who spoke through her media aide, Mr Isaac Umunna said “This story is false, misleading and raises unnecessary anxiety about Prof. Akunyili’s sate of health. The reporter claims that Prof. Akunyili is hospitalised in the U.S. without providing any proof. He went ahead to publish that the celebrated former Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is hospitalised despite information to the contrary given to him by Prof. Akunyili’s husband, Dr. Chike Akunyili.
“For the record, Prof. Akunyili is not hospitalised and there is no anxiety whatsoever over her state of health. It is true that she was sick last year but she is well now. She is currently visiting her children in the U.S. and is living an active life” ,the statement said.
“Contrary to the claim by the reporter that she has not appeared in public for long, Prof. Akunyili attended last Saturday’s Reception for Anambra Governor-elect, Chief Willie Obiano, organised by USAfrica in collaboration with Anambra Communities in the Diaspora at Hilton Westchase Towers, Hilton, Texas, USA. Prof. Akunyili’s presence at the Reception was well reported, especially online” Umunna said .
“The story on Prof. Akunyili’s alleged sickness, therefore, lacks substance. It should be disregarded by the public” the statement said.