The Medical Director of Umaru Shehu Ultra-Modern Hospital, Maiduguri, Dr. Audu Usman, and four doctors have been suspended for absenting themselves at work.
Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State had paid an unscheduled visit to the state owned hospital on Monday and to his surprise only 10 nurses out of the 135 working in the hospital were at work while all the 19 resident doctors absented themselves.
“Governor Zulum has ordered the suspension of the Medical Director of Umaru Shehu Hospital, Dr. Audu Usman, for his failure of leadership.
“Furthermore, Dr. Musa Chuwang and Dr. Chijioke Ibemere, who absented themselves while on call, have also been suspended while Dr. Baba Ali Malgwi who was second on call is suspended arising from his inability to respond to telephone calls during the governor’s visit.
“At the same time, frantic attempt to reach him was impossible even when he lives within the doctors’ quarters located around the hospital.
“Similarly, Dr. Esther of the Paediatric Department, who was supposed to be on duty, was found absent and hence, she is also suspended. All medical doctors attached to the Accident and Emergency Unit are to be queried for their absence and the lack of duty roaster. Chief Medical Director of the Borno State Hospitals Management Board is directed to comply with the governor’s directive while he is to take measures that should ensure all gaps are filled,” the government said in a statement.