All staff members at the General Hospital in Ngala town, Borno state have been suspended.
Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum suspended them after his unannounced visit to the hospital where he found, none of the paid staff present.
Those suspended include resident medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and lab technicians.
Zulum who arrived the hospital at 11am, met it abandoned to an international non-governmental organization, fhi360, tasked with managing hundreds of patients.
He visited the hospital to to find out the realities of healthcare delivery to citizens.
Ngala town is the headquarter of Ngala local government area in central part of Borno State.
Zulum was received on arrival by a field coordinator of fhi360, the iNGO left in control of the hospital.
Pained by his discovery, he ordered the suspension of all staff on the payroll of Borno Government.
His words, “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 the government payroll. I will be back to this hospital, hoping to see the opposite of what I saw today.”