December 2015 ThisDay; For concessioning all state-owned medical facilities, a group, the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN), has dragged the Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, to the State House of Assembly to initiate his impeachment.
In a statement signed by the Chairman of the association, Dr. Philip Njemanze, he disclosed that the closing down by the governor of all public primary, secondary and tertiary health centres in the State as well as threatening to close down all private hospitals had had devastating effects on people in the State.
He said that as a result of the governor’s action many people had lost their lives and others severely harmed, adding that there was a total paralysis of all primary healthcare services in all rural areas in the State.
“There is a collapse of all health services in the three major general hospitals and the Specialist Hospital in Owerri. Meanwhile, there are indications of rising incidence of diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis, malaria and cholera and total absence of surveillance for the most dangerous diseases like Ebola, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and Yellow fever.
“The state immunisation programs, antenatal and post-natal care have been halted in most rural areas. Neonatal mortality, child mortality and maternal mortality are rising suddenly due to absence of first responders in the health system in Imo State”, he lamented.
“The Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of the Nigeria (AGPMPN) Imo State drew attention of the general public to the state of emergency in health that has arisen with fast deteriorating effects on public safety”, it stated.
Njemanze underscored the danger the situation poses to public safety as a result of the direct actions of the Imo State Government. He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to impose a State of Emergency in the State.
According to him, the grounds for this action was based on violations of public safety of Nigerians in accordance to Section 305 (2)(c) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The poor state of governance in the Imo State and gross unconstitutional actions of Governor Rochas Okorocha had jeopardised public safety, and constitute impeachable offences.