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LASSA FEVER: PDP BLAMES FG OVER ABIA DOCTOR’S DEATH

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked Nigerians to hold 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.

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 centers.

PDP demands an unreserved apology from the APC and the Federal
Government to the family of this doctor and the medical sector in
general and urge 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.

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

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