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Former Governor of Ebonyi State and recently announced Ministerial nominee, Dave Umahi has recounted how his father died of negligence of medical personnel at a private hospital he refused to name.
The lawmaker representing Ebonyi South Senatorial District in the National Assembly who spoke during the screening of Mariya Mahmoud, a ministerial nominee from Kano State, said; ‘My father died because of the negligence of that private hospital’.
Mahmoud, a former Commissioner for Higher Education in Kano State, introduced herself as a medical doctor and public health practitioner. She was President Bola Tinubu’s substitution for Maryam Shetty, another female nominee from Kano who was dropped in a dramatic twist of events last Friday.
Umahi, one of the President’s 48 ministerial nominees, had her screening on Monday. During the screening, she requested that Mahmoud explain how she plans to address conflicts of interest among doctors who work in government hospitals while also running private medical centers.
The Senator lamented that his late father was taken to a government hospital when he was ill and was treated by a doctor. He, however, said the doctor referred his late father to a private hospital owned by the medical practitioner.
Umahi claimed his father died of the negligence of the medical personnel at the private hospital.
Mahmoud agreed with Umahi, saying that doctors in government hospitals moonlighting at private medical centres affect the quality of healthcare in society.
Recall that last weekend, Umahi got an easy pass during the Senate screening.
The Senate resumed screening the remaining 12 ministerial nominees with no assigned portfolios at about 1:00 pm at the plenary.
However, during the screening, the traditional and widely condemned practice of automatic ‘take a bow and go’ was used for some nominees, especially former lawmakers.
David Umahi is set to resign from the Senate and as deputy majority leader after accepting his nomination by President Bola Tinubu as a minister from Ebonyi.