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Govt orders closure of Owerri medical centre

FMC. PHOTO: www.imostateblog.com

FMC. PHOTO: www.imostateblog.com

Worried by the knotty issues plaguing the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owerri, in Imo State, the Federal Ministry of Health has ordered the temporary closure of the facility. The action, according to government, is to restructure it, build capacity and find lasting solution to the crisis.

Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja, on Wednesday, Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said although the temporary closure was painful, the Ministry was left with no better choice than what it has done. According to him, the move would allow government “re-organise, re-strategise and redefine the rules of engagement.”

He noted that, in the meantime and with immediate effect, an interim administration would be put in place to oversee the affairs of the institution and carry out staff audit to ensure proper restoration of services.

“The Federal Medical Centre, Owerri must work to deliver healthcare services to the Nigerian people because that is the mandate with which the Federal Government is maintaining the over 2,500 people employed in this centre with the available meager resources including tax payers’ money.”

According to the Minister, the contentious issues border on the proposal forwarded to the top management committee by the Medical Director, Dr. Angela Uwakwem, to introduce the Public Private Partnership (PPP) in some revenue-generating units of the hospital, in order to establish accountability and increase the revenue base of the hospital.

He further stated that all allegations against the Medical Director by the union have been cleared following the conclusive investigations carried out by the fact-finding committee.

Adewole revealed that as at the time he visited the centre with the view of restoring services in the hospital, the level of impunity shown by the union was disheartening.

“Employees of government, who have been getting their salaries regularly, were all clad in black and chanting solidarity songs. Being fully aware of the fact that FMC, Owerri is the only functional hospital in the state at the moment, they still went ahead to disrupt services.”

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6 Comments
  • amador kester

    Its the only functional hospital in that state ,as you acknowledged and you did not help matters by closing it down and driving hapless patients to the streets.. Must you close down an institution to redefine the rules of engagement especially a sensitive one like a hospital? On what type of related management paradigm is this action predicated? You have to reopen that medical centre now while the reorganization process takes place. Never, ever joke with human lives no matter your ministerial predicament or burdens

    • zacchaeus Akinleye

      Why is it impossible for the state government to build a functioning medical outfit with all the funds accruing to it and only relying on a federal facility for its citizens? Where is the anger over this incompetence? Nigerians lack shame in all respects.

  • loveontopover

    Nigerians are no good thinkers! The minister’s observation and what he did later on, closing down the facility, sums it up. And those in power do not care about the weak otherwise how could they close the hospital. Did they move the patients elsewhere? No! Haba!

  • emmanuel kalu

    I continue to say It, leadership is lacking seriously in Nigeria and the those in power now are not changing anything. one hospital in the whole state, and you close it to adjust it mandate. millions of company adjust their mandate and even operation, yet they don’t close. This is the reason anything operated by government continue to get worst, when you have management like this. if we continue to operate everything from government budget, we would continue to destroy the few things we have. we need to dedicated funding for every single thing the government does. dedicated funding means, all federal medical center, have their budget which is paid directly to them, instead of going to the ministry, where the money is forever lost. our institution need to operate like a business with an eye for generating some revenue.

  • Rev

    How can this guy close down a government hospital for spurious reasons…A hospital that caters for the poor people of course…and moreso a hospital in opposition territory…This nefarious man should stop playing politics with the health of the people.

  • 2mmmmmm1nnnnnn

    IT APPEARS CRIMINALLY CONSPIRATORIAL, IRRESPONSIBLE AND PRIMITIVE FROM A SEEMEDLY EDUCATED HEALTH OFFICIAL: PROF. ISAAC ADEWOLE / ANY GOVERNMENT TO SHUT DOWN ANY EXISTING HEALTHCARE/MEDICARE FACILITY IN ANY COMMUNITY WHERE THERE A CITIZENS DESPERATELY WAITING TO RECEIVE MEDICAL SERVICES WITHOUT PROVIDING ANOTHER FEASIBLY INFRASTRUCTURAL OPTIONS IN THE CIRCUMSTANCE; TOWARDS MITIGATION OF A POTENTIAL EXPOSURE OF THE COMMUNITY TO ANY HEALTH HAZARD AND/OR EPIDEMIC AT FORECLOSURE OF THE EXISTING FACILITY?
    OTHERWISE, GOVERNMENT’S ACTION IS DEEMED AN UNREASONABLE DECLARATION OF WAR ON THE IGBOS/STAFF [MALA FIDE] IN BAD FAITH: AS A USUALLY NIGERIAN DISPOSITION OF MARGINALIZATION AND EXCLUSION OF IGBOS FROM BENEFITTING FROM FEDERALLY SOURCED RESOURCES IN A CONTRAPTION CALLED NIGERIA; CONSEQUENT UPON WHICH THE LINE/STAFF MANAGEMENT OF THE ABOVE FACILITY, WHOSE JOBS ARE IN JEOPARDY ARE URGED TO REVOLT AGAINST THE ABOVE LABOUR/HEALTHCARE DISCRIMINATION, AS A MATTER OF JUSTIFICATION IN PROTECTION/ DEFENCE OF THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS?

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