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Investigation revealed that most of the heads of the health facilities in the 44 local governments of the state are allegedly from the opposition 

Who is sabotaging Kano’s health programme?

By OUR REPORTER

 

Despite the concerted efforts being put by the government in the health sector to better health care delivery in Kano state, some health personnel believed to be the black sheep within the system are said to be sabotaging these efforts.

The Triumph investigation revealed that most of the heads of the health facilities in the 44 local governments of the state are allegedly from the opposition as if were deliberately selected to head the facilities.

According to impeccable sources, the resultant actions of these personnel have become nothing other than being there to throw spanner in the wheels of government’s progressive programmes in the health sector.

In some local governments, it was learnt, the generating sets belonging to the local government authorities and meant for National Programme on Immunisation(NPI)are housed in the same places with those procured by the state government, while diesel provided by the same government is the one that is equally used for the NPI generators, apparently short-changing the government in a way.

The Triumph further gathered that in most of the hospitals, drugs for malaria treatment which are supposed to be free are alleged to be pilfered by staff and sold in the towns, thereby making it difficult for patients to access such drugs.

The sources said in many of these hospitals, indigenes of the local governments who are casual staff are those holding keys to the stores despite the availability of permanent personnel.

Most of the health facility heads that are alleged to have come from the opposition only sit to deride the Ganduje administration, and in many instances, claim the drugs being provided in the hospitals did not come from the Ganduje administration but are old stocks left by the immediate past administration of Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso and those he brought when he was Senator for good of the people.

To repair anything that requires the hospital management’s attention, it was further revealed, is highly unlikely as the heads prefer to allegedly bribe the zonal heads with money whenever they visit such hospitals on inspection, an ominous behavior said to have become the tradition in most of these facilities and which leave most of the structures needing attention in a sorry state.

Some people interviewed urged the government to wake up and deal decisively with the situation, lest the millions it has been sinking in one of its pet projects will be just another effort in futility.

Contacted for comments, the Director-General, Kano State Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Nasir Alhassan Kabo said he is aware of some of the allegations and is leaving no stone unturned to deal with the despicable situation.

He said even the appalling conditions of some of the hospitals are being looked into, giving example of Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital whose toilets were eyesores but have now been restored to standard.

He told this reporter that he will not rest on his oars until he transforms all the health facilities into proper shape and deal with recalcitrant personnel decisively.

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