By Victor Graham
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the routine overseas medical check-ups by President Muhammadu Buhari’s is a badge of failure and direct indictment on his administration, for failing to fix the nation’s healthcare system.
President Buhari on Tuesday left Nigeria for London, United Kingdom for his usual medical vacation and will be there for the next two weeks according to his handlers.
The PDP while reacting to the latest trip said it is worrisome that under Buhari, even the once highly rated State House Clinic, has become so moribund that it cannot provide a simple medical checkup service for the President.
In a statement by its spokesman, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said while it has nothing against where any person, including President Buhari seeks their medical services, it was however worried the Buhari Presidency is taking no decisive steps to fix health care system.
The statement said: “The PDP is disturbed that while Mr. President jets out for medical treatment in well-equipped hospitals abroad, our hospitals and medical personnel are in very sorry situation, while millions of our compatriots suffer, with many dying on a daily basis from conditions that have simple medical solutions.
“It is indeed heartrending that Nigerians are suffering this huge misfortune of having this highly insensitive, incompetent and corrupt leadership of very selfish individuals who do not care about the welfare of other citizens.
“More saddening is that all the institutions, policies and programmes established by the PDP, which hitherto ensured access to affordable healthcare for Nigerians have been wrecked by the Buhari administration”.