Zulum procures N800 million drugs for distribution to general hospitals
By Njadvara Musa, Maiduguri
Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state, has procured N800 million drugs, surgical and laboratory equipment for distribution to general hospitals and healthcare delivery centres.
According to him, the drugs and hospital equipment area to be distributed to five General Hospitals at the State Specialists, Mohammed Shuwa Memorial, Umaru Shehu Ultra-Modern, Mariam Abacha Children’s hospital and Molai.
Distributing the hospital drugs, yesterday (Wednesday), in Maiduguri, at the Borno State Medical Store, the Governor, disclosed: “In addition to the distribution of drugs, the five hospitals, are each to get grant of N5 million, while the State Specialist Hospital, which is the largest, is get N10 million grant.”
He explained that the N30 million grants are to enable the hospitals effectively perform various diagnosis and render maternal and other healthcare delivery services to the door steps of residents.
“Today’s event is to launch the distribution of maternal drugs and other items needed in the maternal section of some of our hospitals,” he said, stating that the drugs are meant for the vulnerable population, as they could not afford the hospital charges for diagnosis and drugs for their treatments.
Besides, he noted that the subsidization of healthcare delivery services will reduce maternal and child mortalities with increased child care.
Zulum, therefore, charged the State’s Hospital Management Board to be more dedicated in the healthcare delivery system,
On the welfare of health workers, he said: “I appeal to all of you who are working in the health sector to be more dedicated and patient, so that government will come to your aid.
“We’ll address the issues of your office accommodation, including call allowances and other welfare of health workers.”
The Governor, however, warned them that his administration would not tolerate health workers’ ineptitude and absenteeism of healthcare delivery.
He noted that despite the four-year huge investments in the health sector, there was no light at the end of tunnel in healthcare delivery services.
“This time around we shall not condone laxity on the part of staff from top to bottom,” he further warned.
Continuing; he added: “We must sanitize the healthcare delivery system, as we cannot afford to play with our healthcare system in the state.
Responding to Zulum’s charges, the State Commissioner of Health, Prof. Baba Mallam Gana, and the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Bukar Kullima, expressed their gratitude to the governor for his commitment and support to the health sector.