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Ex-Lagos governor slammed for health comments

06 November 2013, 10:37Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) slammed former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Tinubu, after the All People’s Congress (APC’s) leader criticized the country’s health system.

“Our attention has been drawn to the statement by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, (riddled with grammatical errors) the self-styled National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (a position not known to either the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or that of the APC itself), which purported to be a condolence message to the family of the late great former Chief of General Staff, Admiral Mike Okhai Akhigbe of blessed memory,” the ruling PDP said in a statement signed by Olisa Metuh, the party National Publicity Secretary.

“Tinubu sought to lay blame by calling on the Federal Government to heavily invest in state-of-the-heart (sic) medical facilities in local hospitals, especially in the area of diagnosis and detention (sic), so that this disease can be early detected and treated before it becomes life-threatening,” he said.

He said Tinubu failed to note that Federal Government had invested “heavily” in the health sector and continued to do so.

The party listed some of the investments the Federal Government had made to include the establishment of National Trauma Centres at the University of Abuja and the National Hospital also in Abuja. The Federal Government also established the new National Cancer Screening Centres nationwide, including at the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau in Zamfara, the University of Port-Harcourt Teaching Hospital and the National Obstetric Fistula Centre in Abakaliki.

“The PDP administration of President Goodluck Jonathan also established 3 389 health centers nationwide as first line primary health providers where early detection of various ailments can be made. This is in addition to modernizing the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital and the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) amongst others.

"From the above, it is clear that the President Jonathan led Federal Government is indeed investing in the health sector to ensure good health for all Nigerians. But we may also like to ask what Bola Tinubu did for the health sector while he was governor of Lagos state?

"Lagosians are still heavily reliant on Federal Government health facilities such as the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and the National Orthopedic Hospital Igbobi amongst others,” Metuh stated.
    -CAJ News


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