Election 2016 Akufo-Addo 'doesn't have cancer,' doctor says

The Africa Watch Magazine in its latest edition said Akufo-Addo was diagnosed with prostate cancer in June 2013, with a high prostate –specific Antigen (PSA) count of 89.9, very much above the 3.72 upper range, it should have been — according to the British doctors.

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Nana Akufo-Addo's personal physician has denied media publications that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer is suffering from life-threatening diseases; including prostate cancer, acute kidney injury and an enlarged heart.

The Africa Watch Magazine in its latest edition said Akufo-Addo was diagnosed with prostate cancer in June 2013, with a high prostate –specific Antigen (PSA) count of 89.9, very much above the 3.72 upper range, it should have been — according to the British doctors.

However, in an interview on Joy FM's Newsfile Saturday, Professor Yaw Adu Gyamfi said the NPP leader is very fit, has no cancer or kidney problem.

"He doesn't have any cancer," he said. "Anyone with cancer as quoted by the magazine would not be able to run around as he[Akufo-Addo] is doing."

The Africa Watch publication further said Akufo-Addo has an acute urinary problem, acute kidney injury and enlarged heart.

In response to that, Prof. Adu-Gyamfi said: "When you have an acute urinary failure, usually you are unable to pass urine, in fact very minimal urine."

"Nana Addo eats everything, drinks water freely wherever he goes. He eats anything that is put before him. He cannot have any kidney problem and he does not."

The NPP has accused the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of being behind the publication.

Akufo-Addo had reacted to the publication saying the “cancer propaganda” will not work, pointing accusing fingers at the NDC.

The decision by Akufo-Addo's personal doctor to go public with his health record follows a publication by an aggrieved leading member of the Arthur Kennedy, for flagbearers to be examined ahead of the 2016 election.

He said: “As a nation which has suffered a Presidential death, we need to ensure that while we trust Presidents when they claim to be in good health, we verify that in fact, they are in good health.

“I believe that each President should have an annual exam done jointly by his physician and another designated by the chief physician of 37 Military hospital. After this, the two shall issue a statement affirming that the President is in good health or otherwise."

Meanwhile, the Wellington Hospital mentioned in the report as the hospital the NPP leader often frequent has issued a statement, saying they are bound by law never to release details of their clints to the public.

“For reasons of patients privacy and confidentiality, the Wellington Hospital is unable to disclose details of individuals who may or may not have been treated at our facilities. This applies to claims that medical records have been disclosed and it will be good to see copies of these documents,” the statement said.

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