Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State has approved immediate recruitment of fifty-two medical personnel, amongst them two doctors, eight nurses and midwives and 42 other supporting staff.
The approval was made known by the the Chief Medical Director, Borno State Hospital Management Board, Professor Abubakar Ali Kullima, during a visit to the General Hospital in Gwoza town at the weekend.
According to Prof. Kullima, Zulum’s approval is in fulfilment of his promise to address medical staff inadequacy to meet the growing healthcare needs of Gwoza’s residents.
Recall, Governor Zulum made a midnight assessment of the hospital’s condition, and met it in complete darkness. Consequently, he ordered immediate rehabilitation of the Hospital with work now in progress.
Despite the bad working conditions and deteriorated facilities in which the Governor met the Hospital, he still appreciated the staff providing medical care for patients.
In furtherance of Governor Zulum’s fulfilment of promises of staff support, the Chief Medical Director facilitated distribution of foodstuffs at the weekend. The food items included rice, sugar, beans, cooking oil and other condiments.
“While the rice, sugar and cooking oil were provided from the Government House in Maiduguri, the Hospital Management Board purchased the condiments,” the CMD explained.
The CMD mentioned he was in Gwoza on Zulum’s directive, to assess all health facilities across the state to address problems facing health centres.
The Chief Medical Director was in Bama, Uba, Lassa, Askira, Chibok, Konduga, and Damboa General Hospitals.
“Following my appointment as the Chief Medical Director of Hospitals Management Board (HMB), by His Excellency the Executive Governor of Borno State Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, CON, FNSE, mni, I was mandated to ensure that all hospitals under the HMB are effectively functioning.” The CMD declared.
He added, “In that respect, I promptly mobilized the management team to commence physical assessment visits to all hospitals under the HMB.”