Thursday, 18 August 2016

Drug Shortage Hits Aso Rock Clinic Despite N3.87bn Allocation

According to Punch newspaper, Aso Rock's Medical Centre which provides medical services to the President, Vice-President and their families, aides, members of staff of the State House is in dire need of drugs and other essential medical items.

According to the report, patients are being asked to go and buy drugs from outside as they were no longer available in the centre.

This is very shocking because the Medical Centre got N3.87bn allocation in the 2016 Appropriation Act.

It was also reported that the clinic has resorted to texting patients to buy all the materials needed for their treatment before showing up for any appointment.

In one text the hospital wrote:  “Mr. XXX (names withheld), when you are coming for dialysis on Monday, buy IVF Normal Saline to be used for your dialysis. The office doesn’t  have it. Buy like four pieces.”

Worst hit in the shortage are the centre's dialysis patients who can no longer have their twice a week dialysis as the clinic has been cancelling their appointment.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole is yet to respond to the report.

.......Meanwhile, I don't see anything wrong in the text message. It's a normal thing to buy your personal treatment supplies in most Nigerian hospitals.

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