The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State has taken a swipe at the state government for what it described as “reckless and mindless abandonment of a sector that is as important as healthcare.”
State chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih, stated this at Abudu, Orhionmwon Local Government Area, in continuation of visitation tour of the party’s State Working Committee to all the 18 councils in the state.
Orbih, who formally introduced Senator Ehigie Uzamere (Edo South) to the PDP party members at Ehor, Uhunwonode Local Government Area, noted that it was depressing that while pregnant women in neighbouring Delta State get free medicare, those in Edo State pay and don’t get services for the their money.
He also stated that training of nurses and midwives in the state-owned hospitals stopped in January, 2013, after the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) withdrew their operating licence owing to what he described as poor training regime and inclement training conditions.
He said while the NMCN recommends a ratio of 10 nursing students to one instructor, the practice in Edo State dropped to as low as 78 nursing students to one instructor, promising that a PDP government would ensure that the license is returned when voted into office.
While welcoming decampees from the All Progressives Congress (APC) including Hon Isaiah Osifo and Pastor Joseph Osagiede, Orbih said the PDP would be willing to receive the state deputy governor, Pius Odubu, who is from Orhionmwon Local Government, back into the party by the time he served out his tenure.
While pointing out that over N300 billion has been received by the Governor Adams Oshiomhole administration and 2 billion was being received every month as Internally Generated Revenue, he lamented that there was nothing to justify the money received so far.
“We will not allow ourselves to be deceived again. We will not give Oshiomhole the privilege of picking a successor who will protect his corrupt practices. Our people must know that we need a governor who will relate with the Presidency to fast track development. We don’t want a governor who will fight everyone at all times,” Orbih said.