Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, was dismayed by the lack of electricity and other situations at the General Hospital in Gwoza town, in a surprise visit to the hospital at midnight on Saturday.
Zulum was on a one-day working visit to Gwoza and spent the night in the town which is the headquarter of Gwoza Local Government Area in southern Borno. The governor has the habit of paying surprise visits at odd hours to hospitals and schools during classes in a bid to see realities for himself and has been to a number of hospitals in the middle of the night.
In his latest of such visits on Saturday, Zulum went round Gwoza general hospital to assess functionality of the hospital. He was at all the wards and checked facilities. According to the the Nigerian Television Authjority (NTA), Governor Zulum was disappointed with what he saw.
“It is unacceptable that a critical healthcare facility like this, Gwoza General Hospital, is deprived of basic amenities such as electricity. 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”, Zulum said in anger.
He added, “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.”
As part of measures to change the situation he saw, Governor Zulum on Saturday night ordered the immediate commencement of rehabilitation works which will include power restoration at the General Hospital in Gwoza.
The Governor Zulum was impressed with medical staff who, despite the poor situation of the General Hospital, were on ground to provide services. Zulum announced reward for all the staff for being dedicated in the face of challenges.