Nigeria’s Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire is under fire for his position on the plight of health workers amid the ravages of coronavirus in the country.
Presently, a petition calling for the removal of Dr Ehanire, a leader of the presidential task force on COVID-19, is going round on social media after his appearance at the national Assembly.
Reacting to claims by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) that doctors battling against COVID-19 in the country were being paid N5,000 as health hazard, the House of Representatives invited the presidential task force before it.
During the seating, House Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila asked the health minister about outrageous the claim by NARD, to which he responded by saying he wasn’t aware they were being paid such allowances.
He stated further that temperature checks and other treatment carried out on victims was part of the “standard job they do everyday”.
A stunned Gbajabiamola berated the health minister for ‘dropping the ball’ with his response, and called for more detailed briefing from the task force.
This also comes as Ghana, Nigeria’s West African neighbours have taken lofty measures to ensure safety of their health workers including par rise and tax cuts.
Expectedly, this hasn’t gone down well with Nigerians on social media, with many calling for the immediate removal of the ‘aloof’ minister.
See some of the reactions on social media below…
A minister of health that feels doctors shouldn't be paid hazard allowance doesn't deserve to be a minster of health. Osagie Ehanire is one of the many fools buhari spent 6 months looking for as ministers during his first term.#COVIDー19 #COVID19
— Kindly Follow Back (@Naijadailyfeedx) April 10, 2020
Dr Osagie Ehanire Nigeria's Minister of Health even with his wonderful qualifications as a health Practitioner, once he joined this committee of friends called Buhari's FG,all that goes with the wind…you become just as inept and incompetent as they are.
Bad company corrupts…
— Kingsomang (@kingsomang) April 10, 2020
Boss Mustapha(SFG): I didnt know that Nigeria's health system has deteriorated to the level it is now."
Dr. Osagie Ehanire (Health Minister):
"It is their duty, they are just checking temperature"
Nothing else needs to be said.
— Ayọ̀mídé Joe (@Ayomidejoe) April 10, 2020
The Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire just claimed he is not aware of the hazard allowance paid to our medical staff…
— It can be Done!🇺🇸🌐 (@ITCANBE_DONE) April 10, 2020
Minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, didn't surprise me by not being aware. I was shocked that he didn't have the hazard allowance conversation with the health workers himself b4 now. I understnd Gbaja being surprised. He receives his hardship allowance even without any hardship.
— Attamah Ifeanyi (@fybloom) April 10, 2020
“It is a standard job they do everyday , they are only screening for temperatures”
Dr. Osagie Ehanire (Health Minister)
IN SUMMARY :The Minister is not even aware he’s the health minister therefore all Medics should go home and protect their love ones . #EhanireOutNow
— Dr.MG ❄️ (@MomentsWithMG) April 10, 2020
They can be farmers,tailors.We cant all be specialists
We have too many Doctors, u have surplus; u export. They can go if they want
I'm not aware they’re paid hazard allowance. They’re just Screening for temperature
All 3 r Docs
— Dr Muhammad U. Suleiman (@mohagirei) April 10, 2020
Meanwhile, a public petition for the removal of the minister has garnered over 3,000 signatures.
See the petition here.