Female passenger slumps, dies at Abuja airport
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Officials at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, on Thursday, stated that the female passenger who slumped and died on her way to Lagos from Abuja at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, had health challenges.
However, other passengers at the terminal when the incident happened on Wednesday knocked FAAN for delaying sending doctors on time to attend to the passenger before she died.
A post on social media from one Felix Ashimole that witnessed the incident accused FAAN of not sending medical attention when it was needed most by the passenger.
The post read in part, “For 13 minutes, no FAAN medical personnel. She died in my hands and a few others. A medical doctor on his way to Kano tried but as he finally said, ‘we lost her.’
“But she would’ve been saved, had FAAN provided basic insulin. She was diabetic. Her sugar went high; she entered a coma; no medical attention; she saw the light and moved towards it. We kept calling her, Mama Tobi, Mama Tobi, don’t leave us, wake up, Good morning but saliva trickled down, foams bubbled and I knew she had seen a better place and wouldn’t be coming back!
“FAAN and the entire airline staff on the ground were stupidly acting as if è no concern them. They kept announcing boarding and never used their speaker to ask if there is any medical personnel on ground. Finally, they brought an ambulance from their firefighting department, to take her corpse away
When contacted, the acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Voke Ivbaze, confirmed the development to our correspondent but argued that the authority intervened as fast as it could to take her to NAF hospital at the airport.
Voke however, sympathised with the family of the deceased.