Monday, 24 August 2015

Health Commissioner To Appear Before #Benue Assembly Over Poor #Health Services

(Benue News) Worried by the poor services rendered in public health institutions across Benue State, the House of Assembly has summoned the Commissioner of Health, Dr. (Mrs.) Cecilia Ojabo to appear before it on the 31st of this month for explanations.

Also to appear before the state lawmakers in this regard are the Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi, Dr. Peteru Inuduu, the Chief Medical Director, Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Prof. Orkuga Malu, as well as the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Nursing Officer, both of the State Hospital Management Board.

They are to appear before the House in an executive session to explain why their establishments have failed to deliver quality medical services to the people of the state and beyond.

Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange gave the ruling after a deliberation on a motion moved by the member representing Buruku state constituency, Mrs. Ngunan Addingi, who expressed disgust about the bureaucratic bottle necks in these medical institutions.

She said this has resulted to lack of commitment to good quality service delivery on the part of medical and administrative personnel in the institutions and hampered the achievement of the goals for which the hospitals were established.

Mrs. Addingi lamented that most of the medical personnel that work in public health institutions own their private hospitals and are not fully committed to their government jobs, thereby denying the common man the adequate and quality medical service delivery.

In their separate comments, members including, the majority leader, Barr. Benjamin Adanyi, Mr. Terhemba Chabo (Gboko West), Mr. Benjamin Nungwa (Kwande West), Mr. Adam Okloho (Adoka/Ugboju), Mr. Kesta Kyenge (Logo), Dr. Adoga Onah (Oju 1) and Mr. Christopher Adanyi of Ohimini all decried the poor attitudes of medical personnel towards patients in public hospitals and described the motion as timely.

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