Workers allege sale of hospital property Ernest

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Workers of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Keffi, Nasarawa State, have accused the hospital management of high handedness and unauthorised sale of hospital property.

The workers accused the Medical Director (MD) Dr. Yaya Adamu of taking some decisions inimical to the hospital’s interest.

They alleged an 100 per cent hike in delivery fee from N30,000 to N60,000, saying the increase was not in the interest of patients.

The hospital, they alleged, was witnessing a drop in patronage which may not be unconnected with the price hike.

According to one of them, Mallam Isiak Abdullahi, patients are forced to make compulsory deposits before treatment.

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They alleged that the MD had jettisoned social services, noting that workers and the public were no longer happy.

The board, they claimed, had raised a query over the sale of the hospital’s properties, some of which include ambulances and vehicles purportedly claimed to be scrap.

They said: “Two trailer-loads of equipment were taken out without clearance by an aide of a top officer, who claimed they belonged to an emir, but the emir refuted ownership. An ad hoc committee asked that the items be returned.”

But the management denied the allegations, saying it “runs an all-inclusive administration”.

Adamu said he ran an open administration.

He said: “Thanks for your interest in our institution. As far as I am aware, there’s no such thing as high-handedness in FMC Keffi. As per sale of hospital property, I’m not aware of any hospital property that was sold, or being planned to be sold.

“There hasn’t been an increase in delivery fees. You may take statistics of the cost of delivery in similar government hospitals around us and see if the allegation can be substantiated.”

by Ernest Nwokolo

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