Second Republic Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, was on Sunday morning flown abroad for medical treatment.
Ekwueme has been hospitalised for about three weeks at Memphys Hospital of Neurosurgery, Enugu, and it was learnt that doctors advised that he should not be moved abroad until his condition improves.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday November 3 ordered that ailing former Vice President be flown abroad for medical treatment.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President gave the order after he received a brief on the medical condition of Dr.E kwueme.
Meanwhile, a white air ambulance, with registration number N605 AJ, which flew the elder statesman out of Nigeria, departed the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, about 8:30 am.
The air ambulance was waiting on the tarmac when Ekwueme was brought to the airport in a National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu, SUV ambulance.
The destination of the flight was not known as of the time of filing this report as a source in the Ekwueme family did not disclose the hospital, and in which country, the he would be receiving treatment.
A source at Memphys Hospital also refused to speak on the issue.
However, it was gathered that the air ambulance, which conveyed the former VP on the journey arrived at the airport on Saturday night.
Some family members accompanied the former Vice-President on the medical trip, while others, who were at the airport to bid him farewell, left when the aircraft took off.
Ekwueme was rushed to the hospital after collapsing at his residence in the Independence Layout area of Enugu on October 28 and also reportedly in coma at the time he was admitted to the hospital.
Ekwueme, who celebrated his 85th birthday on October 10, is said to be suffering from a chest infection, according to a statement released by his family.
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