There’re more funeral homes in Abia than hospitals – Lawmaker

As of today, Abia is the second-best in school enrolment in Nigeria. We have consistently taken the lead in WAEC examinations for the last four years while our State University has moved up in ranking from No. 99 to No. 26 and is now the second-best State University in Nigeria.

Obinna Ichita, the Abia State House of Assembly member representing Aba South has said the state is on a free fall.

He said that the citizens of the states are being kidnapped and dying daily.

Ichita, a chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA said that there are more funeral homes in the state than hospitals.

Speaking during plenary on Wednesday when he raised a Matter of Urgent Public Importance, he implored the parliament to urgently address the collapse of the health sector in Abia State.

According to him, “In Abia State, the staff of the Hospital Management Board protested because they have not been paid in the last 13 months.

“The staff of Abia State University Teaching Hospital Aba, are owed 24 months salary arrears. Abia State Teaching Hospital Aba, the only tertiary health facility we have has been abandoned by the Abia State government.

“The College of Medicine of Abia State University has lost the accreditation to train medical doctors. Medical students at Abia state university can not go for clinical training because the teaching hospital is not functioning. Hence, medical students are forced to learn with mannequins. This is unacceptable to the medical and dental council, hence the withdrawal of accreditation.

“There is no functional MRI machine in the entire Abia state. Everyone that requires an MRI investigation must seek help outside the state.
In Abia state, there are more funeral homes than there are hospitals.

“Every Thursday and Friday are burial days due to the high death rate as a result of a dirty environment and a collapsed health sector.
What happens to the billions of naira budgeted for the health sector in Abia state?!”