- Governor Babagana Zulum continues to pay maximum attention to health care facilities in Borno state
- The governor's favourite past time in recent times seems to be paying unscheduled visits to state-owned hospitals
- During one of his recent visits, the governor found out a medical doctor has been diverting drugs from a hospital pharmacy
Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno has directed the state hospital management board to suspend a medical doctor accused of diverting drugs from the hospital pharmacy.
Zulum gave the order while on an unscheduled visit to Umaru Shehu State Hospital in the state capital, Maiduguri on Wednesday, January 15.
An angry Governor Zulum immediately directed the Chief Medical Director of Borno hospitals, to suspend the doctor.
“How can a medical doctor be involved in selling hospital drugs? This is unacceptable to us. He should be investigated and suspended,” the governor fumed.
He also asked the hospital management board to consider the training of about 200 nurses within and outside the country to fill the vacancies created by the retirement of about 97.
He apologised to the medical corp members undergoing their National Youth Service Scheme in the hospital for not receiving their allowances for about five months, explaining that the delay was caused by the government’s move to clean the system of unwholesome practices.
The governor added he would continue to pay unscheduled and unannounced visits to the hospital to step up more commitment from medical personnel and quality service to the people.
Recall that on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, Governor Zulum directed the state’s newly established kidney centre inside the Maiduguri Specialist Hospital to offer free dialysis to patients.
He also tasked the state health experts and science educationists to carry out research on why kidney failures have been on the rise in the state in recent times.
Similarly, to celebrate the New Year in the state, Governor Zulum commissioned five different projects which were started in the last six months of 2019.
Among the projects was the commissioning of a 10-bed capacity General Hospital in Azare town and a 40-bed capacity primary healthcare centre in Kwajjafa town.
Meanwhile, the governor says he does not consider payment of salaries and pensions as an achievement, stressing that payment of salaries is a debt to workers who have served the state.
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