There was confusion at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, as a passenger at the domestic wing of the airport slumped. The female passenger simply identified as Mama Tobi was at the boarding area for her flight to Lagos when it happened. She reportedly slumped as a result of high blood pressure.
A lawyer, Felix Ashimole, told DailyTrust that the passenger, a diabetic patient, died as medical personnel from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) refused to act on time.
“Where’s the money they claim was sunk into renovating the airport into world standard? For 13 minutes, no FAAN medical personnel. She died in my hands and few others. A medical doctor on his way to Kano tried, but couldn’t save her. But she would’ve been saved had FAAN provided basic insulin. She was diabetic. Her sugar went high; she entered coma; no medical attention.
“FAAN and the entire airline staff on ground were stupidly acting as if è no concern them. They kept announcing boarding but didn’t use their speaker to ask if there is any medical personnel on ground,” he lamented.
FAAN spokesperson, Mrs. Faithful Hope-Ivbaze, denied that FAAN did not respond on time, adding that doctors were on the ground. Our doctors were there. We’re not happy it happened. We regret it happened, but God knows the best in every situation,” FAAN said. The spokesperson offered condolence to the family of the deceased.