Africa’s Sick Presidents & the Non-Disclosure of Their Health Status

Mark Babatunde August 03, 2017

4. President Patrice Talon (Benin)

President Patrice Talon

Photo credit: Answers Africa

In June 2017, President Patrice Talon of the Republic of Benin surprised and impressed many with his decision to provide details about a prostrate condition that saw him undergo two surgeries and spend one month away from the country while receiving treatment in a Parisian hospital.

His action was hailed as a rare example of an African leader publicly revealing the details of his health, with a statement from his office saying the 59-year-old Talon believed it was important to inform his fellow countrymen about the state of his health.


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