The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Maryam Katagum, was on Monday rushed to the Trauma Centre of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital after she reportedly slumped at an official event in Bauchi.
EyewitnessMedia gathered that Katagum, who was in Bauchi to inaugurate an empowerment programme on Monday at the NAADI office, Sani Mallam Shopping Plaza located on the Ahmadu Bello Way, was said to have suddenly collapsed as she tried to deliver her speech.
She was immediately rushed by officials to the Trauma Centre of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital for medical attention.
The minister, who hails from Bauchi State, had been in the state since Saturday and featured in a live programme on Globe FM radio on Sunday and had other personal engagements in the state.
An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stated that when Katagum got to the venue of the event, she looked withdrawn and touched her head occasionally as the programme went on.
Another eyewitness said that the minister slumped as she stood up to deliver her address and inaugurate the programme, saying, “She (Katagum) just held her head and went down flat. Her aides and other officials quickly intervened and rushed her to the hospital.”
When our correspondent visited the Trauma Centre of the ATBUTH, he was stopped from going inside by security agents at the gate of the facility.
The security men said that they were mandated not to allow anyone in except those with tags, which must be given by the patients inside the hospital.
However, a Bauchi resident, simply identified as Yakubu, who was seen coming out of the centre, confirmed that the minister was indeed there.
He said, “Yes, the minister is in the Trauma Centre; I even saw her police orderly sitting at the reception.
“There’s a section of the hospital that is an exclusive area, more like a VIP section, that is where she is. She was admitted to the Trauma Centre and is on admission there.”
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer, ATBUTH, Aminu Bomboyo, declined comments on the incident.