MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, has directed disciplinary measures to be served on twenty-one health workers with fake certificates identified by a verification Committee set up to reposition Hospital Management Board (HMB) in the State.
Even as the committee also found 91 ghost workers in different health institutions across the state.
Chairman of the committee, Dr. Joseph Jatau, revealed during presentation of the committee’s report to Governor Zulum in Maiduguri on Monday.
Dr. Jatau explained that among those with fake certificates were some nurses, and other medical and support staff.
He also said that 91 ghost workers were discovered from the lists of some health workers in the state, who had either resigned or withdrawn from service, while salaries were being paid in their names; adfing that N23m was discovered as being wrongly spent on monthly basis.
The committee, Jatau further explained, found out that some dead, retired and absconded staff were being consistently promoted with salaries also paid in their names.
In the light of its findings, Dr. Jatau said the committee made 13 recommendations that could help reposition the Hospital Management Board (HMB) for optimal healthcare service delivery in Borno.
Gov Zulum expresssed fear that some health workers could use fake certificates, despite the risk of handling health issues of citizens, without prerequisite training and certification.
“Anyone that fake certificates in nursing and other medical courses is capable of killing people. Only God knows how many people they might have harmed or even killed.
“Honestly, we shouldn’t let this go, we should ensure appropriate actions are served to the culprits.
“I cannot be lenient on matters involving life and death. Importantly also, we have to employ measures to avert future occurrences,” he said.