Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai has made an unusual yet commendable move to close down the Government House Clinic in Kaduna and transfer its medical staff to join those in public hospitals.
The governor’s spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement released on Sunday, April 17, said the decision to shut down the government house clinic and reassign its personnel to public hospitals would ultimately help boost the public healthcare sector in the state.
Aruwan also revealed that drugs and medical equipment in the Government House clinic have been moved to the Yusuf Dantsoho Hospital in Tudun Wada, Kaduna.
To this effect, all Government House staff have further been directed by the governor to use the ‘nearest hospital’ for their medical needs.
“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.”
“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.”