MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, on Wednesday gave marching orders to the state Hospital Management Board, (HMB), to automate it revenue system within two weeks.
He gave the order when he paid an inspection visit to the state Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri.
Zulum noted that there were alot of leakages in the administration of revenue in the state, which he said informed his visit to the Hospital.
According to him, the aim is to break the pattern of underperforming revenue in the State healthcare services.
During his one hour visit, the Governor requested for all records of revenues accrued to the Hospital where he personally scrutinised the receipts, record books and details of the Hospital’s account.
The Borno helmsman undertook an assessment of revenue generating units, that include: Laboratory, ENT, Radiography and pharmacy units.
He also tasked the HMB to leverage on technology to improve their performance and accountability.
“To improve revenues, Hospitals must consider various strategies and leverage on new technologies. Therefore, I’m giving you two weeks, the system now has to be automated.
“Look at our Pharmacy for example, we have available market but people are going outside to purchase drugs, it means something is wrong somewhere.
“I am here to give a desired leadership, we have to ensure probity, we have to ensure accountability. I want to see an improvement of the situation, from tomorrow I want to see the statistics of revenue collected every month.
“When I was in Ramat Polytechnic, I established a laboratory. There was a time I received N5 million as a revenue in one month. I will not tolerate a situation where General Hospital cannot pay its security operatives.
“Government buys reagents and other materials, we have to take deliberate and drastic measures to ensure sanity in our revenue system. I wouldn’t mind injecting one billion naira to this Hospital, but there has to be sanity in the system,” he said.
In another development, Zulum suspended 9 Hospital attendants for absenteeism. The nine staff were absent and their offices locked, when he visited the MRI/Scan section of Radiography.
“People reported as early as 6am, nobody is here to attend to them. This will not be allowed to continue. I hereby suspend all of them for this gross negligence.
“Write down the names of those absentees, those that are on the pay roll but are not willing to work. Give me their details today, if they are not willing to work, we can replace them with serious people,” Zulum charged.
The Governor also inspected the Buba Marwa Doctors Quarters, an edifice built thirty years ago; and assured of Government’s prompt attention to rehabilitate the building.