Wike Sacks Health Commissioner For Allegedly Hosting MDCN Without Approval –
Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers sacked Health Commissioner Professor Princewill Chike on Monday for allegedly holding a preliminary session of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) without approval.
Wike announced the dismissal of the commissioner when MDCN Chairman Prof. Abba Hassan paid him a courtesy visit to Government House in Port Harcourt.
The governor called the commissioner’s unilateral decision to house the MDCN without the consent of the state government “more embarrassing.”
He said the state government had not requested to host the preliminary council session.
Wike pointed out that the commissioner erred in unilaterally scheduling MDCN hosting while the government inaugurates and flagged projects.
“Frankly, I have never seen such embarrassment in my life. Everyone knows that it’s not in my nature to bring people in and not take care of them. So whoever has done this must suffer, ”he said.
Wike, however, said the MDCN’s request for a tertiary hospital to be established in each of their Senate districts would not be feasible due to lack of funds.
“You talked about setting up a tertiary hospital in each of the senatorial districts; It is not possible.
“That’s why in Nigeria we have a problem. When you go for your budget, you put in all kinds of plans. You know it can’t work. Where will you get the money to set up the hospital in each of the senatorial districts? He inquired.
The governor said that in order to improve citizens’ access to quality health services, his administration has embarked on the construction of some zone hospitals in Bori, Degema, Etche, Ahoada and Omoku.
He added that his government had also invested enormous resources in promoting medical education in the state.
“This is particularly the case with the establishment of Rivers State University College of Medical Sciences and the annual award of a scholarship to 130 indigenous people studying medicine at the PAMO University of Medical Sciences,” he said.
The governor called for reducing the money coming to the federal government from the Federation account to allow states to have more resources to drive their developments.
Earlier, Hassan said they were in the state for the 9e preliminary board session and praised Wike for his positive attitude towards health care and medical delivery services in the state.
He was particularly about the huge investment in Rivers State University College of Medical Science and building the world-class Peter Odili Cardiovascular and Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Center.
The MDCN chairman urged governors to consider investing in tertiary hospitals in each of the senatorial districts to increase the number of hospitals available for internal agent training and to control medical tourism.