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Taraba govt yet to pay FMC for services rendered to victims of Farmers/herdsmen crisis
According to the Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Makurdi, Dr. Peteru Inunduh, the internally generated revenues of the centre have reduced drastically.
Inunduh, who made this disclosure at the weekend, explained that the refusal of the Taraba State government to pay for the services rendered to it by the centre in the treatment of victims of herdsmen/farmers’ clashes in the state resulted to this.
Inunduh said over 42,000 victims of the farmers/herdsmen crises in Benue and the states received treatment at the FMC, with a huge sum of money spent in treating them.
He said that the Taraba State government alone owed the centre more than N3 million incurred on the treatment of 35 victims of Wukari/Fulani herdsmen crisis sent to the centre.
According to him, the Benue farmers/Fulani herdsmen crisis has substantially contributed to erring the financial strength of the centre, as the number of patients being admitted for various illnesses and injuries has reduced.
Dr Inunduh speaking on the other challenges of the centre, explained that it included staff in the clinical services, adding that the recruitment of staff, even cleaners, to fill the existing vacancies, were done following due process.
The Medical Director also dismissed speculations in Benue State that there was an ongoing staff replacement at the centre, he urged the natives to discard such speculations as he lacked powers to employ in the hospital.