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Alleged financial improprieties: Cross River Commissioner suspends hospital vendor

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Alleged financial improprieties: Cross River Commissioner suspends hospital vendor

 

The Cross River Commissioner for Health, Dr Henry Ayuk, has suspended the operations of an alleged quack vendor running the pharmacy unit of the General Hospital Calabar over alleged financial impropriety and poor quality assurance.

Ayuk gave the directive on Tuesday, during an unscheduled visit to the hospital for inspection, after the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) suspended its 40-day strike.
Bothered by the anomalies bedeviling the hospital, the commissioner confirmed the absence of remittances to government by the pharmacy operator, for the past 15 months.

He also alleged the lack of qualified personnel in the pharmacy, describing the unit as a “quack shop” laden with sharp practices.

“The people managing the pharmacy are not qualified, they do not have any background in pharmacy,, so we do not know why they are here.

“As far as I am concerned, that place is a quack shop, because it does not have the required personnel.

“How do you ensure quality assurance when you do not have even pharmacy technicians, which is a minimum requirement for such services?

“Accordingly, I have asked the vendor to see us so we can review the Memorandum of Understanding they entered with government, in order to truly ascertain what government expects of them,” he stated.

Ayuk noted that while that was being looked into, he had asked that their services be suspended.

He directed the Medical Superintendent, accountants of the hospital, Ministry of Health and the hospital pharmacists to take charge.

The commissioner stated that they were to have a record of the stock balance and ensure accountability in their operations until more effective arrangements would be put in place.

He appealed with those in charge of the laboratories to block revenue leakages through accountability.

According to him, he will be meeting with the body that collects about 15 per cent of revenue generated in the hospital, to distribute to appropriate quarters.

“We have also asked that they come to the office for their agreement to be looked into. We want to see exactly what value they are bringing to the hospital that guarantees the 15 per cent they receive.

“So all those things will be reviewed for us to come out with a more effective plan.

“Our emphasis is that the health sector must render services that are reminiscent of the Gov. Bassey Otu-led administration’s ‘People First’ agenda.

 

“We want people to be conscious of the fact that there is a government that gives premium attention to their health.

“But we must fight against leakages that impede our desire to bring healthcare services to the ordinary man in the society,” Dr. Ayuk said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the commissioner and his team were conducted round the hospital by the Medical Superintendent, Dr Prashant Kumar, among other staff of the facility.

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Breaking…Naira abuse: Court sentences Bobrisky to 6 months in custody

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Justice Abimbola Awogboro of a Federal High Court in Lagos, on Friday, sentenced popular cross-dresser, Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, to six months in custody over Naira abuse.

 

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Lagos Court Grants Emefiele N50m Bail

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The embattled former Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, has been granted bail in the sum of N50m after being charged with a 26-count bordering on alleged abuse of office and irregular allocation of $4.5 billion and N2.8 billion respectively.

 

Emefiele was admitted to bail with two sureties in like sum by Justice Rahmon Oshodi on Friday.

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