Former Head of State and Leader of the National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC), Retired Captain Valentine Essegrabo Melvin Strasser, has, according to sources from the Government of Sierra Leone, left the shores of Sierra Leone for medical attention in Ghana Thursday morning.
Sources from State House indicate that President Julius Maada Bio had instructed and given executive clearance for the former Head of State to be evacuated for medical treatment due to the severity of his illness.
It could be recalled that a local tabloid: The Exclusive in its 7th January, 2019 edition reported that Retired Captain Strasser was dying. In follow up to that story, President Maada Bio paid a visit to the former Head of State whose condition was not improving at the 34 Military Hospital at Wilberforce, in Freetown, where he was first taken for treatment. He was later transferred in a private hospital in central Freetown but his condition, according to family sources, worsened.
The Commanding Officer, Joint Forces Medical Unit, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Sevalie Dr. who diagnosed Strasser at the military hospital said the former Head of State suffered from Peripheral Artery Disease affecting the left leg. According to him, Strasser would require surgery to re-establish blood supply and that should be undertaken by a Vascular Surgeon.
The Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Alpha T. Wurie confirmed to the media that government was completing financial arrangements for the former Head of State to be flown to Ghana for medical treatment.
Valentine Strasser served as Head of State at the NPRC from 1992 to 1996.