No fewer than 19 medical doctors may lose their jobs after Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, discovered that they were not on duty.
Zulum had sneaked into notable hospitals in Maiduguri metropolis to meet Doctors who are supposed to be on call absent.
The governor showed up at 2am at the State Specialist and Umaru Shehu hospitals, both in Maiduguri.
The governor found out that none of the medical doctors on duty were available at Umaru Shehu Hospital even as one of the doctors who reside within the hospital’s staff quarters did not respond to several telephone calls placed on his numbers on the Governor’s instruction.
Governor Zulum had on arrival gone round all wards where he met on ground, 10 nurses out of the 135 working at the hospital while none of the 19 resident doctors including two of those said to be ‘on call’ were around.
The governor ordered the hospital’s Medical Director be called while he promised disciplinary action against absentee doctors.
He wondered what could have been the situation if any person or admitted patients had emergency which required the urgency of medical doctors during the night.
Thirty minutes earlier (1:30am), Professor Zulum had 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.
It would be recalled that since coming into office in May, Governor Zulum had paid visit the state secretariat at 8am during which he trapped absentee and late coming workers. H
He had paid similar visits to schools during class hours, water treatment plans at weekends and other public establishments that provide essential services.