There was pandemonium at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Abuja on Thursday as nurses numbering over 200 staged a protest over alleged bad practices in the nation’s health sector.
The protesters under the aegis of National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives demanded, among other things, a forensic review of the activities of the Health Ministry to restore sanity in the system.
The protesters included nurses in federal teaching hospitals, federal medical centres and federal specialist hospitals in the country.
Shortly after the protest commenced, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, arrived his office but the nurses attempted to stop him from entering the building.
But their plan was resisted by security operatives who hurriedly whisked him away from the vicinity.
The leader of the protesters and chairman, NANNW (Federal Health Institutions Sector), Wale Olatunde, called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other-Related Offences Commission to beam their searchlight on the health sector “as was the case with the Nigerian judges on the bench.”
He said the anti-corruption agencies should probe how budgetary allocations and internally-generated revenues were expended.
He said, “Individuals who benefit from incessant crisis in the health sector should not be allowed to continue to hold the health sector and the good people of this country to ransom. A ministry that could harbour fake doctor for eight years and who incidentally was a leading figure in the fight against Ebola Virus Disease and other hemorrhage fevers calls for a forensic review of their activities.”