Hage hospitalised for brain surgery

04 Aug 2013 15:00

Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob has undergone a minor brain surgery and spent his 72nd birthday on Saturday in a local private hospital.
It was the first time in his life that Geingob has checked into hospital.
However, the man widely tipped to succeed President Hifikepunye Pohamba in 2015 was back to his jovial best yesterday as he revealed that the operation was never life threatening.
“I thought I was the healthiest man alive. What you see with Hage is what you get. Here I am, I am okay now. There is no problem,” said Geingob yesterday flanked by Founding Father Dr. Sam Nujoma and Old Mutual Managing Director  Africa Operations, Johannes !Gawaxab.
Geingob was hospitalised on Thursday and only released yesterday (Sunday) where doctors extracted blood from outside the brain tissues on his skull.
A brain surgery usually involves a procedure called craniotomy, where doctors conduct an operation to open the skull. In this case, Geingob said the specialists only “drilled two little holes on my skull. There was a lot of blood they said. But I am very fine now,” he assured the nation.
The drilling of the skull could have been meant to make alterations in the brain tissue for the brain blood flow.
 “I must say that I was surprised to be discharged this quick and that only means that I am well now,” he said.
He explained that whenever he feels over-exposed to cold, he feels a pain in some parts of his body, especially the joints and partly the shoulder, but has often taken the pains lightly until the doctors instructed for a close examination to his entire body.
He furthered that he felt extremely exhausted after the Swapo Party Congress last year where he was elected as the party’s Vice President, a move compounded by his failure to take a break as he was immediately appointed as Prime Minister.
Yesterday, Geingob related a story when in 1974, while in New York, USA, he had a similar experience due to the cold weather and was advised to see a doctor which he did.
It only relapsed recently and caused his hospitalisation on Thursday.
“The Founding Father has asked me to rest for a while now and I take his advice.”
There was a mini church service for at Geingob’s house yesterday, attended by his close associates, family and friends, as the premier returned home from hospital, among them Dr. Ngarikutuke Tjiriange and Hilda Basson-Namundjebo.