Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has vowed to reposition healthcare and educational systems and institutions in the State, no matter what it would cost.
Umahi, who made the vow on Tuesday during the flag off of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund and State Health Insurance Scheme, at Christian Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki, said a lot of fake, substandard and expired drugs were being sold, especially in the rural areas in the State.
The Governor attributed the increase in kidney, liver, and cancer problems among the people to the consumption of substandard, fake and expired drugs.
He expressed dismay that the health officials in the State were doing nothing to curb the ugly trend.
According to him, it is going to be peace for peace, trouble for trouble in the weeks ongoing and I am going to reposition the health system in Ebonyi state and health institutions and educational institution.
“If you go to the localities, people are selling expired drugs, people are selling drugs that are substandard, people are selling fake drugs and of late, we started having increase in kidney problems, liver problems, and cancer problems.
“We were not used to this because we eat fresh foods, we shouldn’t have this; And is this king of drugs that are causing it and I wonder what our health system people are doing.
“You see people mixing kai kai (local dry gin) with roots and selling, and nobody is talking. They even use microphone to sell it. Before now, big men suffer these diseases but now, big men are escaping it; it is now poor masses sicknesses.
“We have to be very attentive to our healthcare system and our educational system, it is going to be peace for peace, trouble for trouble in the weeks ongoing and I am going to reposition the health system in Ebonyi state and health institutions and educational institution. This is a must,” Umahi said.