By John Shiklam in Kaduna
Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has closed down the Government House Clinic in Kaduna and deployed its personnel to public hospitals.
Similarly, drugs and equipment in the clinic had been moved to the government-owned Yusuf Dantsoho Hospital, Tudun Wada, Kaduna while the Government House staff had been directed to henceforth use the Yusuf Dansotho Hospital for their medical needs.
The spokesman of the governor, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, in a statement yesterday said the decision to close down the clinic was taken to boost the healthcare system in the state by moving medical personnel, drugs and equipment to public hospitals.
“There are not yet enough doctors in the public health system in Kaduna State, therefore, it is not prudent to assign doctors, nurses and other medical staff to serve Government House alone.
“It is clearly more beneficial to the wider society if the services of these medical personnel were made available to the public in a general hospital. In addition, it is better that everyone working in the Government House uses the same health facilities as the general public” the statement said.
According to the statement, “Medical personnel from the Government House Clinic have been redeployed to public hospitals in the state. All drugs and medical equipment in the Government House Clinic have also been evacuated and are being put to use at the Yusuf Dansotho Hospital.
“From now on, all Government House staff requiring medical services will proceed to the nearest public hospital to the Government House like other citizens of the state. It is expected that the management of the public hospitals will make good use of the medical personnel, drugs and equipments donated to them.”