by Lekan Olanrewaju
Well here’s a new one. The recent doctor’s strike has blown in several directions, generally at Governor Fashola, the doctors themselves, and possibly at whomever the first person was to bring up the Hippocratic Oath when confronting the doctors on the issue. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of Lagos State, however, seems to believe the responsibility lies in the hands of someone else entirely; the Action Congress of Nigeria. The PDP has come out to declare support for the striking doctors, taking advantage of the opportunity to send some jabs the way of the ACN, demanding answers over the sack of the doctors.
“Fashola and his party must answer for the blood of Lagosians that are dying daily as a result of the sack of 788 striking doctors in the State,” read a statement by signed by the Zonal Director of Media and Publicity, Lere Olayinka. “The doctors’ strike and their eventual sack by the state government have also exposed the lies of the Lagos State Government as regards provision of health care facilities in the state.”
“Even though thousands of patients have died as a result of the crisis, it is important to note that the casualties would have been higher if government owned health institutions were to be responsible for the provision of healthcare services to 50 per cent of Lagosians.”
“That there is no outbreak of epidemic and patients are not dying in hundreds of thousands yet is because Lagosians do not rely on government health institutions in the first instance,” the statement continues. “They patronise private hospitals because the existing government health institutions cannot cater for up to 10 per cent of the people.”
The statement goes on to question the expenditure pattern of the Lagos State Government: “The question to be asked therefore is; where is the over N30 billion that Lagos State gets monthly going to?”
“Once again, the ACN and its functionaries have demonstrated their contempt for the welfare of the people, and they are worse than military dictators.’’
Well, they sure told them.