Meniere Disease: Buhari is sick again, goes on another 10 days medical vacation

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Seven months after he spent more than two weeks in the United Kingdom to get treated of Meniere disease, President Muhammadu Buhari has embarked on yet another trip abroad on medical ground.

According to the Medicare Online Portal, Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes episodes in which one feels as if he or she is spinning (vertigo), fluctuating hearing loss with a progressive, ultimately permanent loss of hearing, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), and sometimes a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear. In most cases, the disease affects only one ear, but could affect the two, causing more damaging effect to the victim.

President Buhari was in London last year June where he had major surgery after he was examined by his Personal Physician and an E.N.T Specialist in Abuja and was treated and the Nigerian doctors recommended further evaluation purely as a precaution.

Nigerians were told today, that President will proceed on a 10 day vacation beginning from Monday January 23 to Monday February 6, 2017.

In a letter read by the President of the Senate Dr. Bukola Saraki during plenary on Thursday, Buhari said the vacation would be a working leave.

The letter read that the 10 day period formed part of his annual vacation for 2017.

According to the letter, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is to act as President during the period which Buhari would be away.

It should be recalled that President Buhari took 10 days off and travel to London on Monday June 6, 2016 to treat ear infection.

It was during the medical trip to London that he had major operation on ear infection.

He was said to have saw an E.N.T. specialist for a persistent ear infection after he was examined by his Personal Physician and an E.N.T Specialist in Abuja and was treated and the Nigerian doctors recommended further evaluation purely as a precaution.

Sources had disclosed then that the President was suffering from Meniere’s disease.

Medical experts say people suffering from the scourge most times complain of inability to have a good balance, dizziness that comes in form of episodes, ringing in the ear, nausea, vomiting, hearing loss, headache, slow pulse development, pale colour, among others.

“A person with this condition usually has one or more attacks a year, which may come alone or in groups. The attacks last from approximately 20 minutes to 24 hours and go away gradually. The attacks may come more often, causing embarrassment for the victim, especially if he or she is a public figure who must be scrutinised by his people at every point in time.

“During a dizzy spell, the person feels like the world is whirling around them. They stagger from side to side and sometimes even fall down. These falling spells are called drop attacks or Tumarkin spells,” an ENT specialist explained.

A medical expert, Dr. Olawale Olarenwaju provides a guide: “There is no cure for Meniere’s disease, but there exist various treatment plans, including surgeries targeted at relieving the symptoms associated with the health issue.

“Treatments include acupuncture, herbal remedies, and various medications. Diuretics, vasodilator medications, and a low-salt diet could help in relieving symptoms by taking fluidaway from the head and ear and maintaining the fluid balance in the body. As part of treatment plans, the patient will be advised to avoid alcohol, cigarette and caffeine use,” he explained.

According to him, one treatment plan involves the process of diuretics, such that the kidney is forced to pass more fluid, salt, and potassium than normal from the body, as this has been proven to reduce the frequency of attacks.



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