Zulum Uncovers Hospital Scam In Borno Health Centres

Zulum Uncovers Hospital Scam In Borno Health Centres

On Thursday, the governor of Borno State revealed the findings during a covert visit to two government hospital centers in Maiduguri.

According to a statement from the governor’s spokesman, Mallam Isa Gusau, the governor asked the state’s Commissioner for Health, Juliana Bitrus, to accompany him in a 10-seater bus generally used for airport services and brought her on a sting operation.

He claimed the governor departed Government House around 1:30 p.m. without a motorcade or siren, surprising and perplexing everyone.

Gusau said the health commissioner was not even aware of what was ahead as she was not told of the plan by the governor.

The governor subsequently led the team straight to the newly established and fully equipped primary healthcare centre at Gwange II ward in Maiduguri and found that some workers were collecting between N8,000 to N10,000 before diagnosis and treatment were conducted on patients for even malaria.

Following the exercise, the governor said; “The staff we met here (at Gwange II, PHC) confirmed that they used to collect between N8,000 to N10,000 from patients to treat malaria.

“In fact, they have turned this Government Health Centre to a private hospital, and this is why the centre has been deserted by people who mostly do not have the money to access services. The workers just collect money and put it in their pockets.”

Zulum subsequently directed the Borno State Primary Healthcare Agency to thoroughly investigate, identify all the culprits and take appropriate disciplinary actions.

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