Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja, on Wednesday, Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said although the temporary closure was painful, the Ministry was left with no better choice than what it has done.
He noted that, in the meantime and with immediate effect, an interim administration would be put in place to oversee the affairs of the institution and carry out staff audit to ensure the proper restoration of services.
According to the Minister, the hospital's internal squabbles border on the proposed Public Private Partnership (PPP) in some revenue-generating units of the hospital, which was submitted by the Medical Director, Dr. Angela Uwakwem (aka the goddess of corruption).
He further stated that all allegations against the Medical Director by health unions in the hospital have been cleared following the conclusive investigations carried out by the fact-finding committee.
Adewole revealed that as at the time he visited the centre with the view of restoring services in the hospital, the level of impunity shown by the union was disheartening.
“Employees of government, who have been getting their salaries regularly, were all clad in black and chanting solidarity songs. Being fully aware of the fact that FMC, Owerri is the only functional hospital in the state at the moment, they still went ahead to disrupt services.”
Hmmm...the hunter is now the hunted (*referring to the workers).