Governor of Borno, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum yesterday disguised his convoy and visited some Government healthcare centres unannounced in order to know how things are really done there.
Zulum did not want to witness what was going on in the newly built health centre alone so he summoned the State’s Commissioner of Health, Mrs Juliana Bitrus, and asked her to join him in a 10-seater bus that is usually used for airport services.
The Health Commissioner did not even knew the Governor’s plan. Everyone was left wondering as the Governor left the Government house around 1:30 pm without any convoy and without a siren and headed straight to the newly established and fully equipped primary healthcare centre at Gwange II ward in Maiduguri.
To his surprise, Zulum found out that some officials are collecting between N8,000 to N10,000 from patients for services such as diagnosis of common diseases like malaria that are meant to be provided for free.
According to the Governor, the staff they met there (at Gwange II, PHC) confirmed that they use to collect between N8,000 to N10,000 from patients to treat malaria.
Zulum has expressed his sadness over what he termed impunity from the health workers and had directed the Borno State Primary Healthcare Agency to take appropriate disciplinary actions against anyone found guilty.
The said primary healthcare centre had only one medical staff on ground to attend to patients, despite having 29 health workers on the government payroll.
The Governor proceeded to a similar primary healthcare centre at Gwange I, but the experience was a positive one as medical workers were on ground attending to patients without extorting them.
The Governor was happy about this and praised the health workers for a well done job.
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