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‘Dizziness’ for 66 year-old official prompts trip to hospital

By Emmanuel T. Erediano SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Jan. 3, 2012) – In the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Governor Benigno R. Fitial was brought to the Commonwealth Health Center’s emergency room yesterday morning due to dizziness.

Although his blood pressure turned out to be normal, he had to stay in ER for a few hours of observation, Variety learned.

Two persons accompanied the governor — his security aide Jermaine Nekaifes and Lt. Gov. Eloy S. Inos.

Inos did not leave Fitial until he was assured that the governor was "okay."

The governor, who is known for his sense of humor, chatted with medical personnel while he was under observation.

Fitial was sent home a few minutes after Inos left.

Press Secretary Angel A. Demapan in an email late in the afternoon, said "the governor is doing fine now."

Demapan said Fitial "opted" to go to the emergency room due to "some discomfort he was experiencing."

"He was there for a very brief period and has since returned home to get some rest," the press secretary said.

It’s been a while since Fitial, 66, was last seen by a doctor.

Last July, he left the CNMI to undergo coronary angiogram in Nagoya, Japan.

In February, Fitial was supposed to undergo surgery at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles for his spine problem but his physician decided to give him medication for his spinal lumbar numbers 4 and 5.

Fitial had a successful back surgery in 2006.

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