A medical doctor has disclosed that the dramatic collapse of an Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, may have been due to a lack of oxygen to the brain, described in medical terms as cerebral hypoxia.
1st News reports that the incident occurred on Thursday during the inauguration of Obaseki for his second term.
Equally important, the inauguration took place at the Tennis Court of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City. 1st News reports that the ADC, who seemed unsteady on his feet, had subsequently seen his legs give away. The incident happened at around 12noon when Obaseki was delivering an appreciation speech after the Oath of Office was administered on him.
The Oath of Office was administered by the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Esther Edigin.
The medical doctor, who spoke to 1st News on condition of anonymity on the matter, says the ADC may have been discomfited by his dressing as well as the weather.
Today, during the swearing-in of Governor Godwin Obaseki, for his second tenure, his ADC as seen in this video collapsed. WATCH BELOW. pic.twitter.com/LvJSeE5dRO
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‘‘The brain needs a steady supply of oxygen and nutrients to function properly. Cerebral hypoxia occurs when enough oxygen is not getting to the brain. If you observe the ADC closely, you will notice that he was fully kitted and the weather was probably humid.
‘‘In addition, he was wearing a nose mask which is essentially a nod to the guidelines on COVID-19. And by virtue of his training and particular assignment, he was meant to remain on his feet, in that position, until the end of Obaseki’s inauguration. These factors may have resulted in a drop in the oxygen supply to the brain,’’ he volunteered.
The doctor, who made light of the ADC’s collapse, says it may not be due to a major health condition but just an episode of fainting.
‘‘Fainting, also known as syncope, is a sudden and temporary loss of consciousness. It is not something to panic about as it is quite common. As stated earlier, this usually occurs due to a lack of oxygen reaching the brain.’’
1st News reports that the ADC was assisted by other aides of Gov. Obaseki who noticed his state.
Meanwhile, a number of governors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were in attendance at the inauguration. They include Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike; Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and Duoye Diri of Bayelsa State.
Also present was the National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus and other key party officials.