It has been disclosed that Ag. Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, did not act the fainting scene on Monday when he appeared before the House of Representatives.
Prof. Pondei threw Nigeria’s House of Representatives Investigative Committee probing NDDC’s financial expenses into panic on Monday when he fainted in the middle of questions. The beleaguered CEO had to be evacuated for urgent medical attention.
Since the incident which was beamed on television channels and on different micro-blogs, Nigerians have taken to the social media either showing sympathy with or turning it into a comedy. While some argued Pondei acted the fainting to screw sympathy off the national lawmakers, yet others said it was for real. However, in the midst of the back-and-forth, the interventionist agency has disclosed its Ag. MD had fainted at a hotel in Kigali, Rwanda in December of 2019.
While speaking on AIT KAKAAKI, a daily talk show on Africa Independent, on Tuesday, a Deputy Director, Media Relations, in the Corporate Affairs Department, Dr. Pius Ughakpoteni, disclosed that Prof. Pondei fainted “in December while holidaying in Kigali, Rwanda, with his family.”
Ughakpoteni, who said Nigerians should commend Prof. Pondei than vilify him “for defying his (medical) doctor’s advice not to attend yesterday’s House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee Hearing over his health concerns”, quoted an unnamed “close friend” to the Commission’s Chief Executive, as the source of the Kigali fainting account. When asked what was Pondei’s health status as of the time of the Show, the senior official said, “To the glory of God, he is stable and doing well.”
Nigerians got panicked on Monday as they watched in horror Pondei faint and was attended to by first responders and aides.
According to www.healthline.com, an online medical and health journal, fainting happens when one loses consciousness for a short amount of time due to lack of enough oxygen to the brain.
Medically, fainting is known as syncope, but is more commonly known as “passing out.” The journal further explains that fainting spell generally lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes.
It said that signs leading to fainting include feeling lightheaded, dizzy, weak, or being nauseous.
It also reports that a full recovery usually takes a few minutes but added that if there is no underlying medical condition, treatment may not be needed.
Fainting is not usually a cause for concern, the journal discloses, but says it can sometimes be a symptom of a serious medical problem.
In many cases, the cause of fainting is unclear but can be triggered by a number of factors, which the journal notes include fear or other emotional trauma; severe pain; a sudden drop in blood pressure; low blood sugar due to diabetes; hyperventilation; dehydration; standing in one position for too long; and standing up too quickly.
Other possible causes, healthline.com notes, are physical exertion in hot temperatures; coughing too hard; straining during a bowel movement; consuming drugs or alcohol; and seizures.
Medications that can cause blood pressure to drop also increase chance of fainting. These include certain medications used to treat high blood pressure; allergies; depression; and anxiety.
Persons with certain health conditions that include diabetes, heart disease, atherosclerosis, irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia; anxiety or panic attacks; chronic lung disease, such as emphysema are also likely to suffer fainting, the journal says.