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The Federal Medical Centre Owo is bad for your health

An industrial dispute is going on between the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) and the management at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo, Ondo State.

The dispute seems to be about the stoppage of some benefits to the doctors that was approved by the federal government. But rather than address the issue, Adeniran Kolajo, the interim Medical Director, claimed during an interview that the resident doctors had failed their qualification examinations.

But the real issue is how the place qualified to be called a “Federal Medical Centre”. It is an eyesore. The buildings are in various stages of decay and disrepair, and did not seem a proper place to treat animals, let alone humans. The hospital reportedly has history of inadequate facilities and equipment not fit for purpose.

Last year, the Chief Medical Director Abiodun Olufemi Omotosho was investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for corruption and embezzlement of hospital funds. Omotosho and his lawyer were also charged earlier this year for attempting to bribe EFCC officials in order to derail their investigation.

The state of the hospital is an indication of where money allocated for running the place went.

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