- President Muhammadu Buhari has sent encouraging messages to Pope Francis after the cleric was hospitalised due to illness
- The Vatican City has released an update about the pope's medical status following the successful surgery in a Catholic teaching hospital in Rome
- The recent operation was the pope’s first known hospital treatment since he was elected to the papacy in 2013
The Nigerian president in a get-well message on Sunday, July 4, via Facebook through his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, wished the pontiff a quick recovery.
The statement partly read:
''President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a get-well message to the Head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis as he heads in for a scheduled surgery of the colon.
''The President called for prayers from Nigerians and the global community as the Pontiff goes in for this routine operation.''
Pope is doing well
Meanwhile, the Vatican City has disclosed that Pope Francis is doing well after undergoing scheduled surgery on his large intestine.
Reuters reported that the spokesperson for the Vatican, Matteo Bruni said in a statement that the 84-year-old pontiff “responded well” to the surgery.
He gave no further details about the procedure and did not say how long the pope would remain in hospital.
The Vatican had earlier announced the pope would undergo surgery at the Gemelli Polyclinic, a Catholic teaching hospital in Rome.
Expert urges Nigeria to prepare for future pandemics
In another news, Vivianne Ihekweazu is the Managing Director of Nigeria Health Watch, a health communication and advocacy organization based in Nigeria, has advised the federal government to begin aggressive healthcare funding to prepare the country for future pandemics.
Ihekweazu made the call during an interview with a Legit.ng reporter on Thursday, July 1 in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
She was speaking on the sidelines of the Prevent Epidemics Journalism Masterclass organised for journalists by Nigeria Health Watch.
Source: Legit Newspaper