The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has lamented the level of corruption being perpetrated in the state’s healthcare system, describing it as a deliberate act to run down the system.
Governor Obaseki, who raised the alarm on Sunday at a town hall meeting in Benin with health practitioners in the state, said that the level of corruption in the state health care system is something he hasn’t seen before.
He added that it is alarming and unacceptable, noting also that it will no longer be business as usual.
Obaseki said; “I have seen corruption like never before in the healthcare system. The level of corruption in the healthcare system in the state is alarming and unacceptable. We have drawn the line; it will no longer be business as usual. It’s left to you to either join us or take a bow honourably.
The state governor also queried the modality of having just one doctor in Igarra, the headquarters of Akoko Edo Local Government Area of the state, and two in Auchi, while there were more doctors in Benin, doing nothing.
“Patients in these areas visit private hospitals, because they have lost faith in our system; on no account should any doctor refuse posting. For the past 10 months now, I have had opportunity of discussing the healthcare system in the state; it is so clear that the system has collapsed.
“I have information to this effect. We have no choice, but to move forward and collectively, we must improve the system and make the people trust the system again.
“We have come to the end of the road of the old order, and now we must chart a new course for a better and improved healthcare system in Edo state,” he said.
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