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The Borno state governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, on Tuesday ordered the directors of the state specialist hospital and Umaru Shehu Hospital to sanction some medical staff who were missing during his visit to the hospital in the midnight.

Trouble started for the medical staff when the governor, in a surprising manner visited the facilities between 1 and 2am, and found out that none of the medical doctors was on duty at Umaru Shehu hospital.

His special adviser on media, Isa Gusau, in a statement, said even doctors who live within the hospital’s staff quarters did not respond to several telephone calls.

The statement said Zulum went round all the wards where he met on ground, 10 nurses out of the 135 working at the hospital while none of the 19 resident doctors was around.

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The Governor ordered the hospital’s Medical Director to take immediate action on the matter and declared that those culpable would be sanctioned.

The statement added that “Professor Zulum paid similar surprise visit to the state specialist hospital also in Maiduguri.

“While going round the emergency, maternity, male and female surgical wards, paediatric and orthopedic wards, the Governor found in the hospital, all the four resident doctors on call alongside some nurses and pharmacists.”

The governor’s spokesman added that absentee and late-coming workers, teachers and other staff of public establishments especially those that provide essential services would be dealt with.

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