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Edo doctors deny Obaseki’s health sector corruption allegation

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By Nosa Akenzua, Benin

The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) Edo State Hospital Management Board Chapter, has refuted what it described as ‘disparaging remarks’ against its members by Governor Godwin Obaseki.

The governor was reported to have flayed the high level of corruption in the health care system in the state, noting that his administration would insist on a new order and that doctors must render service to Edo people to justify their salaries.

The governor had, in a meeting with doctors drawn from the state Hospital Management Board, the Edo Primary Healthcare Agency and the ministry of health, Government House Benin City, disclosed that his administration would vehemently resist the old order and chart a new course to improve the healthcare system in the state.

The ARD, in a statement signed by Dr Osayande Edorisiagbon and Dr Oviagele Uaboi , president and secretary general respectively, stated that, after an emergency meeting of its members,  their members viewed Obaseki’s allegation as vexatious and unsustainable, adding that they were unaware of any independent panel where any doctor was indicted for any form of financial impropriety. They said they “challenge the government to make it findings public,” adding that “It’s a notorious fact that several years ago, the Edo state government introduced a direct mode of collection of revenue for services rendered in all government health sector facilities that effectively makes it impossible for the management of these health institutions to have access to the collected revenue, let alone the doctors who render only clinical service Any lapses in the government revenue collection process must not be blamed on any medical personnel. We are, however, aware that the entire 34 hospitals under the Edo State Hospital Management Board (SHMB) survive on a paltry monthly subvention of about N15million and are able to still generate substantial revenue that is collected directly by the state government.”

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