The governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum, was stunned to find no doctor on duty when he paid a surprise visit to some hospitals in Maiduguri, the state capital, on Tuesday night.
At 1 am, Governor Zulum stormed some hospitals to inspect the condition of patients and the facilities, but found no doctor on duty.
“When the governor made a phone call to about 10 doctors on duty to ask why they were absent, none picked the calls,” a government official said.
The hospital with about 135 medical staff only had 10 nurses on duty, while the 19 resident doctors were nowhere to be found.
Only a few doctors were available at the state specialists’ hospital when the governor visited at 2 am.
The chief medical director of the Umaru Shehu Ultra-Modern Hospital was reportedly queried over the absence of doctors on duty.