Lassa Fever: PDP blames FG over Abia doctor’s death

Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 4 April 2018 | 1,539 times

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•Late Lassa Fever victim, Dr. Ndukwu Chizaram

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked Nigerians to hold the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government directly responsible for the avoidable and painful death of Dr. Ndukwu Chizaram of the Federal Medical Center, Umuahia, Abia State.

The party said this promising and patriotic medical practitioner had to pay the supreme price over avoidable exposure to Lassa fever, because of the low premium the APC administration places on the lives of Nigerians and the health sector in particular.

The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Tuesday, described the failure of the APC Federal Government to provide medical personnel with the requisite equipment and facilities to effectively and safely discharge their duties as absolutely wicked, inhuman and the height of insensitivity.

According to the PDP statement, “While we are deeply pained by this tragedy, we are very worried about the safety of our health personnel in Federal Government’s health facilities following the established lack-lustre approach of the APC administration to health issues in Nigeria.

“It is indeed very sad that instead of addressing these health and sundry issues, APC leaders are frittering away our commonwealth on medical tourism in Europe while our hospitals had, in the last three years, sunk from the famed height attained under the PDP to mere consulting centres.”

PDP demanded an unreserved apology from the APC and the Federal Government to the family of the doctor and the medical sector in general. It urged them “to come down from their high horse and take a cue from the PDP administration, in our effective handling of health challenges, particularly the Ebola outbreak and suppression of polio, among others.”

PDP commiserated with the family of Dr. Chizaram as well as the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) over the sad loss.

Source: News Express

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