Borno Governor Babagana Zulum has directed the release of N300 million in drugs and other medical supplies to government hospitals for free distribution to patients, the majority of whom were having difficulty making payments due to a scarcity of new and old naira notes.
Prof. Mohammed Arab, the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, announced this while unveiling the drugs in Maiduguri.
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According to Arab, the supplies included drugs for common illnesses, maternal delivery kits, and other medical necessities.
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The commissioner directed that the medical directors and principal medical officers of public healthcare centers in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council and Jere Local Government prepare procedural papers in order to receive their allocations for immediate deployment of drugs and other supplies.
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Arab stated that the drugs should be provided free of charge to patients who do not have access to funds to pay for their services.
“As Zulum pointed out, officials will rely on patients to be truthful. We know that some people have money but demand free drugs by pretending they don’t.
“We cannot turn away those in need because of a few dishonest people,” he explained.
Arab on behalf of health workers across the state, thanked Zulum for coming to the aid of patients at a critical period, a move which he described as “humane”.
Dr. BabaShehu Mohammed, medical director of the State Specialist Hospital, expressed appreciation for the government’s gesture on behalf of other medical directors.
“It hurts us to see patients unable to pay for diagnoses or drugs,” he said.
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