Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, on Monday publicly slammed the health care delivery system in the country, even has she reserved special criticism for the State House Clinic, which she said lacks basic equipment for medicare.
Aisha, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, also called for a probe of the budget utilisation at the clinic.
She made this known at the opening of a two-day stakeholders meeting on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH and N) held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Her daughter Zahra Buhari had last week taken to her Instagram page to carpet the Permanent Secretary of the State House, Jalal Arabi, for his inability to provide even Paracetamol tablets to the clinic despite a budget of N3 billion for the provision of drugs to the hospital.
However, Mrs. Buhari said she recently fell ill and was advised to travel to London for treatment, but she refused.
Her words: “I would like to be realistic to say a few words concerning health delivery system in Nigeria. It is very poor, sorry to say that.
“I am happy that the MD of Aso Clinic is here. Dr Manir, I am happy that you are here.
“As you are aware for the past six months Nigeria was not stable because of my husband’s ill health.
“We thank God that he has fully recovered now.
“If somebody like Mr President can spend several months outside Nigeria, you wonder what will happen to a common man on the street in Nigeria.
“Few weeks ago I was sick as well; they advised me to take a first flight to London; I refused to go.
“I said I must be treated in Nigeria because there is a budget for an assigned clinic to take care of us.
“If the budget was N100 million, we need to know the way the budget is spent.
“And along the line I insisted; they called Aso clinic to find out if their X-ray machine was working, they said it was not working; they didn’t know that I was the person that was to be at that hospital at that very time.
“I had to go to a hospital that was established by foreigners in and out 100 per cent.
“What does that mean?’’
“I think it is high time for us to do the right thing.’’