A London-certified, Nigerian medical doctor has revealed that Buhari's extended stay in the UK and the fact that he had a blood transfusion all point to the fact that he is suffering from anaemia.
Professor Femi Williams who is an expert in anatomic pathology said:
He said: “We now have a pretty good idea of diagnosis, which is now comprehensive or good enough to say that the diagnosis of President Buhari’s illness is anaemia. You cannot be transfused if you don’t have anaemia.
“The negative clinical findings on the president that was published in The Nation on Feb 26, 2017 has been confirmed by the disclosure that the President was transfused with whole blood.
“In a previous photo of his hands prior to transfusion his nail beds were very pale indicative of clinical anaemia. The subsequent photograph of his hands that was analyzed showed that he was no longer clinically anaemic."
What is anemia and what are some facts you need to know about it?
1. It is not a disease
According to experts, Anaemia contrary to popular belief is not a disease, it is more of a deficiency or a disorder.
Health research funding says that for the average person, their bone marrow is able to produce the right amount of red blood cells that the body needs to carry oxygen throughout the body. When there isn’t enough vitamins or minerals around, then the red blood cells can become weak and die early or the bone marrow might not be able to produce enough of them.
According to the Encyclopedia on medicine, anaemia can be the result of injuries, chronic or acute illnesses, complications of surgery or childbirth , metabolic disturbances or deficiencies, and adverse response to drug therapy administered for other conditions.
Causes may include sudden or ongoing loss of blood, nutritional deficiencies, decreased red blood cell production, or increased red blood cell destruction.
What really is Anaemia? It is a blood disorder characterized by abnormally low levels of healthy red blood cells (RBCs) or reduced hemoglobin (Hgb), the iron-bearing protein in red blood cells that delivers oxygen to tissues throughout the body. Reduced blood cell volume (hematocrit) is also considered anemia.
4. Types of Anaemia
The blood disorder is of different types, they include: Iron-deficiency anaemia, Folic acid deficiency anaemia, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin C deficiency anaemia, Hemolytic anaemia, Sickle cell anaemia, Aplastic anaemia.
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According to medical experts, treatment for anaemia includes: Surgery may be necessary to correct blood losses caused by injury or hemorrhage (nose bleeds, cerebral hemorrhage, bleeding ulcer) or childbirth.
Transfusions of packed red blood cells or whole blood may also be used to replace blood volume and to stimulate the body's own production of red blood cells. Medicine or surgery may also be necessary to control heavy menstrual flow or to remove polyps (growths or nodules) from the bowels.
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