The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has despatched a Freedom of Information request to the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, asking him to urgently present details about particulars of precise spending of allocations to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, (LUTH).
SERAP additionally requested the health minister to supply particulars of spending of allocations to 20 different federal teaching hospitals and 20 Federal Medical Centres throughout the nation, for the interval masking 2010 to 2017.
In an announcement on Sunday by its Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, SERAP mentioned, “The information should include details of spending on specific projects and facilities at LUTH and other teaching hospitals and medical centres under the direct control of the Ministry of Health”.
The FOI request learn partly: “As trustee of public funds, your Ministry has a legal obligation to render account on the precise particulars of spending of capital allocations to LUTH and different teaching hospitals and medical centres under the direct management of the Ministry to the beneficiaries (Nigerians) of the belief, if and when known as upon to take action. Any failure or refusal to render account can even be clearly inconsistent with the perspective of a government that has repeatedly expressed dedication to the fight against corruption, and to transparency and accountability.
“As a key company of government, the Ministry of Health has a sacred obligation to make sure that the nation’s allocations to the health sector are used solely to attain satisfactory entry to health care companies for all Nigerians and residents.
“This implies offering robust management within the efforts to curb public sector corruption, mismanagement and neglect, and to honour Freedom of Information requests on the spending of allocations to LUTH and different teaching hospitals and medical centres throughout the nation.”
It defined that regardless of big budgetary allocations, multiple of the teaching hospitals and medical centres under the direct management of the Ministry had been left to collapse with multiple missing some fundamental facilities.
The company additional acknowledged that “ordinary Nigerians have derived appallingly little benefit from all of the allocations, in terms of access to basic healthcare, showing a failure to respect and ensure the right to health and human dignity in the country.”
It, due to this fact, acknowledged that particulars of the spending on health care services needs to be offered inside seven days, failure of which the company would take acceptable legal actions to compel the Minister to adjust to the request.
SERAP mentioned the disclosure of the knowledge requested will give it (SERAP), in addition to most of the people, a real image of how the allocations to LUTH and the opposite hospitals have been spent to enhance medical services and infrastructure within the hospitals.