A civil society group, Seventh Force, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to begin the reform of all Federal Medical Centres (FMC) across the country.
A letter by the groups’ president, Mr. Folarin Odusote to Buhari, also called for the immediate sack of the Chief Medical Director of FMC, Makurdi, Dr. Peteru Inunduh.
He said Nigerians are more concerned about the parlous state of healthcare delivery in the country than security and economic issues. “From the latest survey conducted by the Seventh Force, we have found that the Federal Medical Centres across the country have become deathtraps to the people on account of how they are being run.
“The conduct of the chief medical directors of some of the centres underscores the urgent need to reform them.” The group accused some medical directors of sabotaging the efforts of the president to deliver the democracy dividends to the people.
The statement said: “Majority of these medical directors has demonstrated the highest level of incompetence and ineptitude in the administration of the centres.
“This has resulted in the facilities being closed to the public for extended period of time. The situation has also caused industrial actions by workers’ unions, shortage of consumables and other ills that are inimical to the healthcare needs of the people. The group accused the CMDs of most FMC of corruption, financial recklessness and abuse of public funds. It expressed worry that whistleblowers in these centres had been forced to remain silent to avoid being sacked.”