Reactions have followed the ministry nominee Balarabe Abbas Lawal’s breakdown during his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, Balarabe spoke for a few minutes during his screening before abruptly passing out and falling to the ground.
A wild situation ensued in the chamber as numerous lawmakers rushed to the former secretary of the Kaduna State government’s assistance.
While Kaduna South Senator Sunday Marshall Katung was speaking about Balarabe’s administration experience in Kaduna, the nominee, who was seated at the stage, passed out.
Lawal, the second candidate to go through screening, had finished addressing the parliamentarians and was getting ready to take questions when the incident took place.
While efforts were being made to revive the candidate, who was still in the chamber, the Senate entered a closed-door session.
After the occurrence, numerous online users turned to social media to share their thoughts and opinions on the situation.
View the responses below.
@cute_pecky said: “Lay him on his back. If no injuries and the person is breathing, raise the person’s legs above heart level.
Loosen belts, collars or other tight clothing. To reduce the chance of fainting again, don’t get the person up too fast. ALLOW ROOM FOR ENOUGH Air!!”
@SeunAyo_ wrote: “But wait. They don’t have standby medics that can attend to situations like this in the Senate. Cos dragging him like that can even worsen his situation.”
@aai_austin wrote: “Are there no medical doctors amongst these senators? Who is that one shouting give him water?”
@PSIgeh wrote: “See how long it takes for medical emergency help to arrive within the Exalted Red chambers of the National Assembly…
If it could take this long for the Senate, one can imagine how long it’ll take in smaller circles. Something needs to be done about Emergency Responses.”
@tosinadeda wrote: “Can the cameras cease immediately? Una still leave am on. The irresponsibility of the media is just annoying.”
@lugiboss wrote: “There’s a chairman house committee on health issues, yet the senate can’t seem to have trained first responders come to the aid of a man that fainted. What’s the money for renovation used for exactly?”
@Obadeyemi12 wrote: “Where are medics? Someone should offer these people some first-aid training.”
@ArinomoAdeniyi wrote: “Kudos to Senator Abbo for that… protect the man’s privacy.”
@ifeanyipajay wrote: “It’s important we start talking abt awareness and training on first aid/CPR at all levels of the parastatals schools, offices, state n government agencies. This video doesn’t raise awareness of 1st aid management.”
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