Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Coco-Bassey leads C'riverians to slam Betta, Asibong, says improve healthcare is a scam

L-R: Betta Edu-DG PHC, Coco-Bassey- citizen, Inyang Asibong- Com. Min. Of Health 



| August 8, 2018, | Ukorebi Esien

 A Cross Riverian by name Joseph Coco-Bassey has raised alarm over what he called the decayed nature and "window dressing" of the Cross River State healthcare delivery system. 


Mr. Coco-Bassey who lamented the ordeal he had to go through in order to rescue his elder sister from the cold hands of death after the two major government healthcare in facilities in the state had failed him, said it was time we begin to speak the truth to the authorities and let them know that all is not well.


" I can't imagine that I would've lost my senior sister last night because of the decay in the system. The whole of General Hospital Calabar had no Doctor on duty, Teaching Hospital got no space for an emergency but here are we taking of specialist hospitals on paper and painting a picture of near perfection". He complained.


"One of the major cardinal responsibility of government is to provide health care for its masses but my experience last night has shown me that the reverse is the case. I will plead that we tell ourselves the truth because this rain doesn't fall on one roof alone". He continued.


Mr. Coco-Bassey who said he was happy and lucky that his sister was saved appealed to the government to do the needful and ensure functional healthcare facilities in the state.  


"My humble appeal is let our government do what is required of them and stop window dressing".


His post reads in full:




I decry the ineptitude of the health sector and institutions in Cross River State. I can't imagine that I would've lost my senior sister last night because of the decay in the system. The whole of General Hospital Calabar had no Doctor on duty, Teaching Hospital got no space for an emergency but here are we taking of specialist hospitals on paper and painting a picture of near perfection.

This ploy and tendencies are condemnable as it could happen to anyone. One of the major cardinal responsibility of government is to provide health care for its masses but my experience last night has shown me that the reverse is the case. I will plead that we tell ourselves the truth because this rain doesn't fall on one roof alone. Yesterday was mine, tomorrow could be someone else's. Lucky me that I was able to find a solution to my sister's issue and she is alive, some persons might not be that lucky.

My humble appeal is to let our government do what is required of them and stop window dressing. God bless us as I thank God for the life of my senior sister.


This post as at press time had generated several comments with the majority of the comments further indicting the two health boss in Cross River state.


Some of the comments went thus:











When TDN expressed these concerns to the DG Primary Healthcare, Dr. Betta Edu, she informed our correspondent that the issues raised in the said post had nothing to do with her agency, that she is in charge of Primary health which according to her is doing very well. 

"Am not in charge of general hospital the commissioner for health will be the best  person to speak on this my level ends at Primary health care. And he never went to any of our centers". She noted.


Also reacting to the issue raised, a close ally to the DG bragged that Primary healthcare in Cross River state ranks among the best in the nation as the state is rated high so he doubt the issues raised had anything to do with PHC is the state or the person(s) making those remarks have not done a proper search. 

When contacted, the Chief Medical Superintendent of General Hospital Calabar Dr. Aye, said Mr. Coco-Bassey may not be far from the truth as currently, the hospital is short of medical personnel.

All I can say about that is that the hospital is short of staff, so if you come to the hospital and there's no doctor and you cannot wait to see a doctor, then you can take your leave.
Those who feel they can go to the press and start writing things about the hospital, the truth is I don't share such opinion, I don't go online.


Of course, the hospital is short of staff, that's all I can say.
Am not the in a position to tell you what the government is doing about that, I think you should interview the commissioner for health, I am just the head of the hospital.


When contacted, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mrs. Inyang Asibong, she simply said the that the social media post from Mr. Coco-Bassey is not true.
"It's not true na, it's not possible that there will be no doctor on duty".
When she was told that the head of the hospital admitted that Coco-Bassey might be correct because the hospital lacks manpower.
Her reply was:
"Ok, but that one has passed na, it's obvious that we have already taken care of that".  





Ukorebi Esien blogs for TDN where he tells the Nigerian story, one article at a time. All views mine

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