Governor of Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has directed the immediate rehabilitation of unoccupied and deteriorated bungalows meant for medical doctors, including the chief medical director (CMD), at the General Hospital in Bama.
Governor Zulum also announced the approval for the recruitment of 30 doctors and nurses for the same hospital.
The Governor gave the directive on Tuesday evening after inspecting the quarters.
This was contained in a statement issued by Isa Gusau, the spokesman of the Governor and his adviser on communication and strategy.
The visit to the hospital on Tuesday was a follow-up to his initial surprise visit to the hospital on Monday night.
“Zulum directed relevant officials of the Borno State Government to ensure rehabilitation began today, Wednesday, expressing his readiness to immediately approve the release of funds after the officials assess all the buildings and determine costs, which the Governor insisted, must be done within hours,” Mr Gusau said.
He said the governor wanted the rehabilitation “to start during his ongoing stay in Bama for days of humanitarian and developmental activities.”
“The Governor said it was urgent that the CMD and other doctors were provided accommodation within the hospital so they could be readily available including at late hours, to attend to health emergencies, should they arise.
“Zulum also directed that the hospital’s perimeter fence be raised higher with barbwires and lightning installed around the quarters and the general premises, to improve security.”
To beef up the abysmal number of doctors in the hospital – two doctors and 10 nurses and midwives – Governor Zulum directed the urgent recruitment of 30 more medical personnel.
After meeting with the officials of the hospil of the which was held at the hospital, identified challenges of the hospital, which needed urgent intervention.
Zulum directed the state’s commissioner of health and other relevant commissioners to address issues of lower solar power voltage and that of fans.
The Governor asked the health commissioner to ensure that the key problems raised by the hospital’s management were quickly addressed.
“Meanwhile, Zulum said he was happy thiiouiiat he met a doctor and nurses during his two visits on Monday night and Tuesday evening.
After meeting with the staffers Mr Zulum commended them for their commitment and for the sanitary condition of the medical facilities.
Dr Olugbenga Aina, the Medical Director of the hospital thanked the governor “for the substantial amount of drugs which Zulum had released for free prescribed distribution to patients.”