The entire staff of the general hospital in Ngala, Borno State has been suspended by Governor Babagana Zulum for abandoning their duty.
The governor was said to have paid an unscheduled visit to the hospital on Monday morning, but the whole staff under the govt payroll were absent.
They were reported to have abandoned the hospital to humanitarian workers of an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) managing many patients at the facility, including internally-displaced persons (IDPs).
Governor Babagana Zulum who expressed his disappointment during the unscheduled visit, was received at the medical facility by a field coordinator of the NGO.
“This is a General Hospital belonging to Borno state government. Unfortunately, there is no single state government staff here to attend to all these patients, and we promptly pay all of them salaries.
“These humanitarian workers from the iNGO (fhi360) are supposed to complement the state Government staff but not to completely take over the Hospital.
“I am directing the Borno State Hospitals Management Board, if there is any staff on the payroll of this Hospital, to immediately suspend all the workers on government payroll. I will be back to this hospital, hoping to see the opposite of what I saw today.”