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Commissioner to appear before Benue legislators over poor health services


Ortom. Photo; thesheet

Ortom. Photo; thesheet

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.

Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom has urged the people who do know God to seek him and those who have forgotten him to return so that it will be well with them.

Ortom made the appeal at the funeral of the late Mama Salome Agada, mother of Famous Adejo Agada, in Ogene-Ogugu in Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi State yesterday.

Governor Ortom stated that since he came to the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ in 1979 things have changed for the better for him adding that God’s promise to bless those who worship Him in truth was available to all.

According to Ortom what the scripture states that “seek the kingdom of God first and all other things would be added to you” has been fulfilled in his life.

He enjoined the people to make the wise choice of accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and savior while alive so that they could spend eternity with Him when they die.

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 and apt.

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