- President Muhammadu Buhari has been hailed for investing heavily in infrastructural development
- Specifically, the president was commended for his interest in the Federal Medical Centre
- The commendation was by a civil society group, Center for Peace, Transparency and Accountability
A group, the Center for Peace, Transparency and Accountability (CPTA) has commended the Buhari-led administration for making key appointments that have been pivotal to the rapid transformation witnessed in the health sector.
The commendation was issued in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Saturday, January 30 and signed by the executive director of CPTA, Comrade Patrick Ogheneyero.
Legit.ng gathered that the group's commendation came after a 3-day independent performance assessment visit to the Federal Medical Centre Asaba.
The group said it was amazed at the level of commitment to rapidly bring quality and premier health care services to Delta state.
The statement also applauded the minister of health, saying his commitment to healthcare development both at the primary and tertiary level is commendable.
Also, the CPTA commended the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Federal Medical Centre Asaba, Dr. Victor Osiatuma, adding that his patriotic approach towards uplifting the centre to be ranked amongst the best in the country should be emulated.
The statement described the appointment of Dr. Osiatuma who was appointed in 2015 as the CMD as a step in the right direction towards attaining effective and transformational healthcare goals.
According to the group, Dr. Osiatuma is currently transforming centre into a model federal hospital, while fulfilling Buhari's infrastructural development goals.
The statement further reads in part:
“We are elated that Dr. Victor Osiatuma has strategically sorted out all union-related issues that had made FMC Asaba prominent for strikes and periodic shut down as well as also increased the output of the human capital through the employment of capable hands and training/retraining of the staff.
“In addition, Dr Osiatuma has also made working in the hospital conducive as demonstrated by the quality infrastructural development witnessed in the course of this performance assessment.
“FMC Asaba has become a model for others as the foresight and commitment by the current managers of the centre has yielded great results despite the paucity of funds.”
Meanwhile, the Delta state government on Friday, January 29 announced a fresh curfew in the state as part of measures to check the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic nationwide.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie, who announced this in a statement seen by Legit.ng, said that the curfew was from 10 p.m - 4 a.m. daily and would commence with immediate effect.
In a related development, the federal government has assured Nigerians that the COVID-19 vaccines will arrive in the country before the end of the first quarter of 2021.
This was disclosed by Dr Mukhtar Muhammad, the national incident manager of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.