Yakubu Busari, Jos
The Archbishop of Jos, His Grace Most Rev. Ignatius A. Kaigama has frowned at the attitude of some government officials who have cultivated the habit of moving around private hospitals including faith based ones to extort money while neglecting the deplorable state of health care delivery system and exposing citizens to untold hardship object poverty.
Kaigama made this disclosure at Our Lady of Apostles Hospital, Jos at its 75th anniversary celebration and appeal fund launching of one hundred million naira (100,000,000.00) for an accident and emergency unit for it on Saturday in Jos.
He lamented the high rate of poverty in the land where public money end up in private account of public officials while the citizens languishing in need of social amenities .
According to him, “the Nigeria government need to diversify the economy and use our commonwealth for the benefit of all rather than focusing more on physical development. We need to take care of our teeming unemployed youths who are vulnerable and had to travel outside the shores of Nigeria to Italy in search of white collar jobs when some meet their Waterloo while crossing red sea”.
Kaigama pointed out that Catholic as faith base has contributed to the development but is calling the government to encourage the collaboration towards providing health care delivery to the citizens this will ease the plight patients .
The Catholic leader says ,many people have benefited from the Irish, British church education and medical facilities as great intervention for those seeking remedy to their illness and knowledge in Africa today .
He commended the manager of OLA Hospital for her prudent management of resources and vision of expansion and construction of an edifice “which is playing a remarkable role to the service of people especially the accident and emergency unit.”
Kaigama urged the health care workers to be emotional, kind hearted, caring and show of love to patients yearning for quick health services and also to remain as care giver to those in need of attention.
Sr Florence Dunkong the manager said the provision of comprehensive HIV/AIDs care and treatment in there hospital was in collaboration with aids prevention initiative in Nigeria