Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has shut down the Government House Clinic and then directed that all doctors and nurses of the Clinic be transferred to the state-owned Dantsoho Hospital, Tudun Wada.
This is even as drugs and equipment in the state house clinic have also been moved to the hospital.
To this effect, all Government House staff have also been directed by the governor to use the ‘nearest’ public hospital for their immediate medical needs.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Samuel Aruwan, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity and released on Sunday.
The statement quoted El-Rufai as saying: “There are not 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.”
“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 Dantsoho 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.”