Borno State Governor Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum on Thursday hid his convoy from a distance and secretly visited some government health facilities, where he found some officials collecting N8,000 to N10,000 from patient’s hands as a bribe, despite the government’s order to conduct free services.
Governor Babagana Umara Zulum summoned the state commissioner of health, Mrs. Juliana Bitrus, without informing her of his plan, they arrived in a bus commonly used for airport operations.
Governor Babagana left the Government House at around 1:30 pm in a surprise without a convoy of vehicles as usual, with no sign of traffic coming, much to everyone’s surprise, not even the Commissioner of Health doesn’t know Governor’s plan.
According to a government statement, Zulum arrived at the newly constructed primary health center with fully equipped facilities in Maiduguri’s Grange II area where he found that some health officials charge N8,000 to N10,000 as bribes for the care of people suffering from diseases such as malaria, although the government has introduced the program as free.
“Workers we met here at Grange II, (PHC) ensured that they were collecting 8,000 or N10,000. They have turned public health care into a private hospital, the hospital is unattended to the needy. Staffers only collect the cash and put it in their pockets, ”Zulum said angrily.
The governor of Borno State also directed the Borno PHC Authority to conduct a thorough investigation to identify all the lawbreakers and take disciplinary action.
“This PHC has only one health worker on duty to take care of patients, although there are 29 health workers on the government payroll.” he lamented
Following the incident, the governor resorted to rush hours, including midnight in hospitals and schools, to track down such offenders and assess key government functions.
There are times when Zulum makes unannounced visits to schools, government offices, and health centers in local government areas.
The Zulum government has built more than 75 primary health care centers (PHC), built and renovated several major hospitals and employed about 600 health workers in various departments, and built houses for doctors and staff nursing to encourage nursing services for citizens.
Source: Media Aide