- The Enugu state government has come out to speak on Christian Chukwu health status
- Chukwu recently had a successful operation in Enugu and he is recovering in a private hospital
- Nigerian business mogul, Femi Otedola, has agreed to take responsibility for his medical expenses
The Enugu state government have finally opened up concerning the health of former Super Eagles captain Christian Chukwu.
In a press release by the state's Commissioner for Information Hon Ogbuagu Anikwe, he reiterated that the Chukwu is not a destitute old man.
The current Director of Sport of Rangers Football Club is currently receiving treatment in a private hospital in the state after an alarm was raised concerning his dwindling health.
There had been reports that the former Harambee Stars of Kenya coach needed $50,000 for his medical expenses to travel to the United States before he started receiving treatment.
Speaking on the issues surrounding Chukwu's health the commissioner said: "Christian Chukwu, popularly called "Chairman" in his playing days, is NOT a destitute old man abandoned to his fate in the face of an emergency health situation. He is currently the Director of Sports in the Rangers Management Corporation, a public service job that enables him to meet his basic health needs.
"In the circumstance, Christian Chukwu is an employee of the Enugu State Government. This was one of the strategies that Rt. Hon. Dr. Ugwuanyi, the Governor of Chukwu's home state of Enugu, designed to take care of sportsmen who had served the State or the nation in their youth.
"When Chukwu's health situation was brought to the attention of his employer - Rangers Management Corporation - he was rushed to one of the best medical facilities in Enugu where a team of five (5) specialists have been attending to him.
"The management of Rangers Management Corporation immediately deposited N200,000 with this health facility to begin his treatment.
"On hearing about his health condition, Gov. Ugwuanyi gave an additional N1.5million to the Commissioner for Youth and Sports to give to the family -- in order to ensure that the football legend did not lack anything that the team of specialists may require to manage his condition.
"The Governor has also given an additional N1million to the family when the doctors demanded for a further deposit, bringing the total amount disbursed by Gov. Ugwuanyi and the Rangers Management to the Chukwu family to N2.7million.
"Finally, if at any time the hospital doctors or the Chukwu family indicate that oversea treatment is required, the Enugu state government will be notified and will respond appropriately."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Nigerian business tycoon, Femi Otedola, on Monday, April 7, offered to take care of the medical bills of Christian Chukwu, a former Super Eagles’ coach.
Chukwu, who is said to be suffering from prostate cancer that has affected his leg, needs not less than $50,000 for the recommended surgery, The Cable reports.
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