Just a week after President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Zahra, criticised the poor state of facilities at the Aso Rock clinic, her mother, Aisha, has followed suit.
Whereas Zahra’s criticism was done on her Instagram page, Aisha used the opportunity of a health-related stakeholders’ meeting to make her point.
“I recently fell ill and was advised to travel to London for treatment, but I refused,” the wife of the president said on Monday at a stakeholders’ meeting on Reproductive, Maternal, Nutrition, Child Advocacy and Health and Nutrition, RMNCAH+N, which held at the State House, Abuja. “I called the Aso Clinic to find out if they have an X-Ray machine, they said it’s not working. In the end I had to go to a hospital owned and operated by foreigners 100 per cent.”
She said even though “there is a budget for the hospital and if you go there now, you will see a number of constructions going on but they don’t have a single syringe there. What is the purpose of the buildings if there are no equipment there to work with?”
“You can imagine what happens across the states to governors wives if this will happen to me in Abuja,” she said.
The Aso Rock Clinic management said last week it was short of funds as patients are not required to pay a dime for treatment. They said they would consider the commercialisation of the clinic’s operations for efficiency.