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Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has taken very strict action against the resident medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and lab technicians at the General Hospital in Ngala town.
In an unscheduled visit to the hospital, Gov Zulum was shocked to find out that the patients on the ground were abandoned by the resident doctors to the care of an International NGO, fhi360.
Their negligence to duty prompted the governor to order the suspension of medical personnel on the government payroll, PM news reports.
Spokesman of the governor Mallam Isa Gusau, in a statement, said the development followed a surprise visit to the hospital by the governor.
According to him, the governor only met the NGO staff attending to many patients mostly Internally Displaced Persons that besieged the hospital.
“The governor was disappointed to find out that in spite of the high turn-out of patients, not one of the many government-paid staff, from doctors down to clerical staff, was at the hospital as at 11 am,” Gusau said.
He explained that the governor was received at the hospital by the Field Coordinator of the fhi 360.
Gusau quoted Zulum as saying: “This is a General Hospital belonging to Borno State Government.
“Unfortunately there is no single state government staff here to attend to all these patients, and we promptly pay all of them salaries.
“These humanitarian workers from the iNGO (fhi360) are supposed to complement the state government staff but not to completely take over the hospital.
“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,” Gusau quoted Zulum as saying.
The governor also paid an unscheduled visit to three schools and ordered the rehabilitation of classrooms destroyed by insurgents.
Ngala town, which is the Headquarters of Ngala Local Government Area was captured by the insurgent before been liberated in 2015 with an international land route into Cameroon, Chad, Sudan, and Central Africa.