Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja
Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja

Kogi youths demand removal of FMC’s MD over negligence, other allegations

NEWS DIGEST – A group of Kogi youth assembled at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, on Friday, to demand the removal of its medical director, Dr Olatunde Alabi.

The group alleged incompetence and negligence of the medical staff, under the authority of Dr Alabi, as reasons for several deaths of Kogi citizens in the hospital.

The group spokesperson, Mr Saliu Abdulmalik revealed that one reason for demanding the removal of Dr Alabi was his insistence on not opening up the medical centre to citizens for use.

Saliu noted one of the medical staff’s negligence: the governor’s wife, Mrs Rashida Yahaya Bello, transported victims of a road traffic accident from Abuja to Lokoja, but the victims were left unattended to despite her best effort to get the Accident and Emergency unit to attend to them.

This level of negligence, according to Salui, showed little regard for Mrs Bello in her position as the first lady of the state.

Saliu recounted the case of a pregnant woman who ended up giving birth on the floor because she wasn’t attended to. The baby ended up dying and riots emerged in the state capital.

The embattled medical director was accused of diverting medical supplies to private hospitals that sold at a  high price and make it impossible for common people of the state to access healthcare.

This medical supplies, according to Saliu, were consequent of a “President Buhari Restore Vision” project by the Federal Ministry of Health; were meant for Kogi free cataract surgeries but were diverted by Dr Alabi to carryout a medical outreach program.

The group also expressed dissatisfaction with the attitude of Dr Alabi’s FMC towards combating infectious diseases like Lassa Fever and the Covid-19 pandemic within the state.

“The lack of desire and dedication of the management of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, to put up a  structure to care for these patients even on a  temporary basis to complement the state-owned withholding/treatment centre where such patients are managed successfully were truly worrisome,” said Saliu.

The group pleaded with the Federal Government to examine the charges levelled against Dr Alabi and replace him with someone who is qualified and considers the interest of the state and people.