Barely a week after veteran Nollywood actor and broadcaster, Sadiq Daba debunked reports of being down with leukemia, he has finally admitted to having some health issues. He further pleaded with Nigerians to come to his aid.
According to Mr. Sadiq, he lives off an expensive drug called Gleevec, used for the treatment of the disease and gets supplies of the drug free-of-charge from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, courtesy of a donor agency based in the US.
Speaking to PUNCH, the actor said; “To get the drug at OAU, you have to go through a process of evaluation. Then you are recommended to the foundation that supplies the drug. But, if you are going to buy it off the counter, a pack of it will cost you about N1.7m. And this will last for three months,”
According to him, the disease caught him unawares towards the end of 2015. At first, he had thought that he was having the first symptoms of a minor ailment. “I thought I had malaria fever. So I went to a hospital in Abuja for a test. After a series of tests, the doctor was shocked. He told me that what I had was beyond them at the hospital. He advised me to seek help from a tertiary institution”
“Then I went to the Dermatology Unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and it was confirmed that I had leukaemia. Fortunately, the disease was not overblown yet. It was still at the early and manageable stage. I was placed on drugs,” he recounted.
But, midway into the treatment of the ailment in 2016, Daba had a relapse and he was hospitalized for about three months. “I was rushed from my residence to the Lagos State Emergency Unit. Again, I was fortunate to encounter a group of dedicated and courteous medical staff there who took great care of me. I was placed under observation for 48 hours and, thereafter, they wheeled me to the General Hospital where I was admitted,” he said.
He recalled that during his stay at the hospital, the chief medical director of LASUTH came on a ward visit and recognized him as he lay on his sickbed and went ahead to slash his million naira bill