- Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum has suspended all paid staff members at the General Hospital
- This is coming after the governor paid an unscheduled visit to the hospital on Monday, June 1
- According to the report, when Zulum arrived at the hospital all the staff had abandoned their duties
All paid staff members at the General Hospital in Ngala town, Borno state have been suspended by Governor Babagana Zulum for abandoning patients at the medical facility.
According to Daily Trust, the suspension of the medical staff is coming after the Borno governor paid an unscheduled visit to the hospital located in Ngala local government area of the state on Monday, June 1.
Members of the General Hospital suspended include resident medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and lab technicians.
It was gathered that when Zulum arrived at the hospital around 11 am, all the staff had abandoned their duties despite receiving government salaries, for an international non-governmental organization which was managing hundreds of patients.
The Borno state governor was said to have visited the medical facility in order to find out the delivery of healthcare to people. He was received on arrival by a field coordinator of the iNGO who was left in charge of the government hospital.
However, he was disappointed to find out that even with the turn out of patients, none of the health workers was at the hospital at the time of his visit.
He then ordered the Borno State Hospitals Management Board to immediately suspend all staff on the government payroll.
“I am directing the Borno State Hospitals Management Board, if there is any staff on the payroll of this Hospital, to immediately suspend all the workers on the government payroll. I will be back to this hospital, hoping to see the opposite of what I saw today (Monday),” Zulum said.
Meanwhile, Borno government said it has confirmed four official cases of coronavirus in the state amid growing scare of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking during the Borno Covid-19 task force meeting on Tuesday, April 21, Umar Kadafur, the state deputy governor, made the disclosure, adding that 48 persons who had contact with the state index case have been tested.
Kadafur, however, said 44 out of the 48 suspected cases came out negative in what apparently brought a sigh of relief amid tension generated by the pandemic.
He also said that the results of the four suspected cases are being awaited from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
In a related development, the Borno state government has reportedly suspended its lockdown directive indefinitely.
The state government has also relaxed the ban on religious gatherings but called for strict guidelines on maintaining physical distancing in mosques and churches.
The deputy governor and chairman of the state COVID-19 response committee made this known in a statement.
Kadafur said the measures taken to limit the spread of the coronavirus yielded positive results, noting that the state has recorded “significant progress” in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
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