The recently released 2018 audited report by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation had raised an alarm over the money meant for teaching hospitals, medical centres, and National Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
SERAP’s suit followed controversy and criticisms trailing Buhari’s travel to London for a “routine medical check-up.”
Persecondnews reports that Buhari’s medical vacation also coincided with strike by resident doctors over welfare issues, leaving millions of poor Nigerians without access to medical service, several deaths being recorded in the health facilities across the country.
SERAP is seeking an order of mandamus directing and compelling President Buhari to investigate alleged missing N3.8bn health funds.
It wants the court to also compel Buhari to investigate the extent and patterns of widespread corruption in the Federal Ministry of Health, teaching hospitals, medical centres and NAFDAC.
“Corruption in the health sector exacerbates inequality in already unequal and unfair political, social, and economic environments, and produces a ‘cash and carry’ health care system based on one’s ability to pay for care or one’s political position.
According to SERAP, failure to investigate the alleged missing health funds, bring suspected perpetrators to justice, and to recover any missing public funds has exposed millions of poor Nigerians to serious health risks, violating their constitutional and international human rights.
It states:”The fight against corruption in the health sector is vital for the effective enjoyment of the right to health by socially and economically vulnerable Nigerians which in turn is essential to all aspects of a person’s life and well-being, and to the realisation of all the other fundamental human rights.”