Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Update on the scandal at Federal Medical Center Bida: A call for justice! Stop joking with lives

On the 5th of June 2016, I published an article regarding the decay in the federal medical centre here in Bida, Niger. In that article, I explained why the management should be brought to book for the careless loss of human lives there. I am sure most of you must have it.  READ HERE

As expected since the publication went viral, management has tried all it can to justice their negligence that resulted in the loss of many innocent lives. Supporters to the MD in the likes of Dr. M.M amongst other shameless sycophants arose. 

The management then quickly set up a committee of doctors and other staff alike to help probe into which staff leaked the information… 

They are bent on smoking me out because I washed their dirty linen in public. Meetings after meetings! It is like finding a grain in a sand pile!
Different heads of departments were called and interviewed thoroughly. They are still laying silly suspicions on the wrong set of staff (Doctors and nurses Alike). 
I am everywhere in FMCB, what is then the use? What if I am within the management itself? Ridiculously Stupid!
It is funny how they are bent on finding me out rather than solving the actual problem.

For the first few days, they were focused only on trying to find the culprit. The MD, Dr. Aminu Usman had no choice but to come back from his ‘unapproved’ sabbatical vacation for Hell had been let loose. 
How they finally obtained the limited diesel still remains the biggest mystery. 
In addition, management then gave the order to turn on the generator for two hours everyday. The time slot is from 10pm -12am
What this now means is, should a patient require an emergency surgery, he/she would have no other choice but to wait till 10 pm when the generator comes on.  Smart right?
What a joke!
I still doubt if the MD, Dr. Usman Aminu has ears. Is his counsel really from the emir of Bida? 
Should I say water has improved when if it only gets pumped during the golden hours?…. It most times gets finished before noon of the next day. Who is fooling whom? 

Well, No deaths have occurred since then…. A big surprise I must say! Oxygen is back in the circulation pipes (doesn’t last long but it is ok!)… 
Our torchlights to help conduct deliveries are still in our bags and purses… they are still useful just incase. 

The people of Bida are so na├»ve. I have worked and lived with them for years now and I know this as a fact. This pains me. All they do is shout behind close doors. 
Before I published that article I did on the 5th of July 2016… I interacted with lots of colleagues, patients and other staff… The responses were all the same: the MD is Incompetent and has failed and should not go scot-free form the hands of justice

It is my deepest wish that, Dr. Usman Aminu be interrogated and tried. This is why:


And it gets interesting…. 

Ending of Last week, the management got a call form ‘Ogas at the top’ asking questions. 
But let me ask: what do you expect to hear when you ask a thief if he stole or if you ask a murderer if he just killed someone?
If the government is serious in investigating this, they should do so discretely and should not inform the management of their arrival. 
They should be  like the romans as they are coming to Rome. Then you’d see for yourself. This is my candid opinion.

So today, the 11th of July 2016, the management of the federal medical centre bida, organized a staged a media coverage. The night before this staged media coverage, missing diesel magically re-appeared, hospital gate repainted, oxygen flowing in pipes, water running and staff briefed (aka threatened) not to go against the script. 

The media coverage today saw that no faults were detected. The entourage headed by the MD, Dr. Aminu Usman paraded round shamefully. 
I desperately wanted to go off script as I trailed along from a distance. 

They walked into the Accident and Emergency asking predefined questions as usual to the matrons. My God! I have never seen matrons in such sparkling smile. The ER was packed with machines and instrument. It was looking so functional with the cameramen trailing behind. 
Other stops were in Pediatric ER , the Labor ward etc. As expected, Doctors were not interviewed just matrons were. They had to stick to the script for fear of the unknown.

The federal government has since given money to this Centre for the establishment of an Intensive care unit [ICU], which is still lacking. Truth is: any critically ill patient brought to this Centre, dies!

FMCB still runs on what is tagged “one point agenda”. What this means is: A small generator is used to light one bulb in all wards. It lights just bulbs with no wall sockets. More like candle in the dark.

The next coming MD should take note that it wouldn’t be business as usual. FMCB isn’t your personal fund generator. You swore to protect life, DO it and not the other way round. 

I will keep talking till things change. I am passionate about quality healthcare in Nigeria. 

Thank you!
FMCB Staff

1 comment:

  1. Interesting... I really do commend the writer! Such boldness and honesty. I wont be surprised if audio or video recordings starts rolling in! This is good! FMCB had been placed on the map. I await more update

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