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Published On: Tue, Oct 10th, 2017

Aisha Buhari faults presidency on State House Clinic management

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Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Mrs. Aisha Buhari

Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Mrs. Aisha Buhari

By Lawrence Olaoye

Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has faulted the Presidency in the management of State House Clinic alleging that it prioritizes capital projects at the expense of procurement of consumables.
Mrs. Buhari made the comment at the opening of a two-day stakeholders meeting on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH+N) yesterday at the Presidential Villa.
Those in attendance at the program organized by her Future Assured pet project included the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, wives of the state governors, development partners, primary healthcare coordinators and other relevant stakeholders in the health sector.
The Wife of the President in her remarks, before reading her prepared speech, expressed her disappointment in the management of the State House Clinic as regards the dearth of equipments and consumables such as syringes.
Her daughter, Zahra, had last week on her Instagram page called on the Presidency to account for the N3 billion budgeted for the Clinic as she raised the alarm that there were no drugs in the facility.
Mrs. Buhari said “Before I commenced my speech I will like to be realistic to say a few words concerning health in Nigeria and health delivery system in Nigeria.
“It’s very, very, very poor. Sorry to say that. I am happy the MD of Aso Clinic is here. Is he around? Dr. Munir (Dr. Hussain Munir, consultant cardiologist and the Chief Medical Director at the State House Medical Centre) or his representative? Ok he is around.
“Ok. Dr. Munir I’m happy you are here. As you are all aware for the last six months, Nigeria wasn’t stable because of my husband’s ill health. We thank God he is fully recovered now.
“If somebody like Mr. President can spend several months outside Nigeria, then you wonder what will happen to a common man on the street in Nigeria.
“Few weeks ago, I was sick as well. They advised me to take the first flight out to London. I refused to go. I said I must be treated in Nigeria because there is a budget for an assigned Clinic to take care of us.
“If the budget is N100 million, we need to know how the budget is spent. Along the line, I insisted they call Aso Clinic to find out if the X-tray machine is working. They said it is not working. They didn’t know I am the one that was supposed to be in that hospital at that very time.
“I had to go to a hospital that was established by foreigners in and out 100 percent. What does that mean?
So I think is high time for us to do the right thing. If something like this can happen to me no need for me to ask the governors wives what is happening in their states. This is Abuja and this is the highest seat of government, and this is Presidential Villa.”
She continued “So we need to change our mindset and do the right thing. I’m sure Dr. Munir will not like me saying this but I have to say it out. As the Chief Medical Director, there are a lot of constructions going on in this hospital but there is no single syringe there. What does that mean? Who will use the building? We have to be good in reasoning. You are building new building and there is no equipment; no consumables in the hospital and the construction are still going on.
Going back to the same health issue in Nigeria, as a result of spending several months by the President outside Nigeria, a 40-year-old man who was still living in his father’s house, created a state within a state and that is a major setback for the country and the health sector did not benefit.”
Mrs. Buhari urged the governors wives to champion the cause if advocacy and support RMNCAH+N programs in their various states.
She also called on them to dedicate a section of the Governors Wives Forum meeting agenda to update themselves on advocacy activities in their states.
Mrs. Buhari assured them of her support in her capacity as the Wife of the President and as a champion of the RMNCAH+N program.

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