The House of Representatives has ask its Committee on Healthcare Services to investigate the situation of the State House Clinic and alleged deductions from the salaries and allowances of its medical staff.
The State House Clinic was established to take care of the health needs of the President, the Vice-President, their family members as well as members of staff of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
In a motion by Archibong, said that the clinic had, over the years, been receiving annual budgetary allocations, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Appropriation Acts, the clinic was allocated the sums of N3.94 billion, N3.87 billion and N3.2 billion, respectively, for upgrading and provision of necessary drugs and equipment.to procure equipment that will enable it to function optimally.
he said, “I am aware that the wife of the President, Aisha, complained publicly during a stakeholders’ meeting on Reproductive, Maternal, Nutrition, Child Advocacy and Health and Nutrition (RMNCAHN) at the State House of her inability to access health care needs at the clinic when she took ill recently, but was rather advised by the health providers to fly out of country for treatment
Also medical doctors working at the clinic had expressed concern over alleged illegal deductions from their salaries and allowances by the management since April 2017 without any official communication for the action.
“In spite of those huge budgetary allocations, the clinic lacks necessary facilities such as syringes, drugs and equipment needed for saving lives,’’
The motion was unanimously adopted by members when it was put to voice vote by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara.
The Committee on Healthcare Services is expected to report its findings within three weeks for further legislative action.