Gov Zulum pays unscheduled midnight visit to hospital, shocked by facility in darkness

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has ordered the immediate rehabilitation of the General Hospital in Gwoza town, after paying a surprise visit to the facility at midnight on Saturday.

The governor was dismayed by the lack of electricity and poor condition of the hospital, which serves as the headquarter of Gwoza Local Government Area in southern Borno.

Zulum, who was on a day working visit to Gwoza, spent the night in the town and decided to inspect the hospital to assess its situation. He went round the wards and departments and interacted with the patients and staff. He expressed his dissatisfaction with the state of the hospital, saying it was unacceptable that a critical healthcare facility was deprived of basic amenities such as electricity.

He said: “This situation compromises the quality of care provided to patients and hampers the efforts of our dedicated healthcare professionals. We are not here to trade blame, we are here to find solutions.

Nobody brought to my knowledge the deplorable conditions of this place. I will neither exonerate myself nor the local government authority. We (all) have failed to provide what is needed.

“However, I want to assure you (patients and the rest of the people) that insha’Allah, we will fix this, we will make the working environment here better than it is now.”

The governor directed the immediate commencement of rehabilitation works which will include power restoration at the hospital.

He also commended the medical staff who were on ground to provide services despite the poor situation of the hospital. He announced reward for all the staff for being dedicated in the face of challenges.

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