Contrary to recent reports, the National Hospital in Abuja has dismissed claims that Nollywood actor Zack Orji was transferred to a private facility for further treatment. The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Muhammad Raji Mahmud, clarified that Orji’s family chose to take him away from the hospital against medical advice.
This development was disclosed on Thursday, January 4, following Orji’s admission to the intensive care unit due to deteriorating health. After displaying signs of improvement, he received a visit from the First Lady, Oluremi Tinubu, on New Year’s Day.
Disputing some media reports, the hospital spokesman, Tayo Hastrup, revealed that Orji was scheduled for surgery at the National Hospital after stabilization. However, he was taken away by his family.
In an official statement, the National Hospital Abuja addressed the situation: “To set the record straight, the actor, who was brought in on New Year’s Eve and admitted to the intensive care unit, was stabilized by National Hospital Abuja and moved to the ENT ward.”
“Later in the day, he was transferred to the orthopedic ward, where our surgeons began preparing him for surgery. However, the relatives of the patient signed a form ‘Leaving Against Medical Advice’ on January 1, 2024. This thwarted all preparations for his surgery. Nevertheless, the Management of National Hospital Abuja wishes him a speedy recovery.”
The statement aims to provide clarity on the circumstances surrounding Zack Orji’s departure from the National Hospital and assures the public of the hospital’s commitment to his well-being.