By Aliyu Dangida
BIRNIN-KUDU â€” NoÂ Â fewer than 143 staff of the Federal Medical Centre, Birnin-Kudu in Jigawa State were last week served with sack letters for alleged incompetence and other offences.
Confirming the development to newsmen in his office, Chief Medical Director of the centre, Dr. Mohammed Maigatari, said the decision was in line with the 2006 circular earlier sent to all the federal health institutions across the nation by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo but the matter was swept under the carpet by the then Chief Medical Director of the centre, Dr Bashir Umar whose tenure expired in 2008.
Maigatari explained that in February 2010, another letter came from the office of the Head of Civil Service informing the centre that it would send a delegation to confirm if the hospital had complied with the earlier directive, adding that the exercise was conducted by administering a simple test on the staff.
According to him, most of the staff affected by the exercise include administration staff especially those with queries in their files, messengers, cleaners, a drunk nurse and an alleged arrogant doctor who was in the habit of maltreating patients especially those who are brought to the hospital in comma.
He said 60-70 per cent of admin staff of the hospital were employed without following due process in the public service.
His words: â€œIncompetence and other related offences were among the reasons these staff were retrenched from the service of the hospital as most of the people employed by the past leadership were neither competent nor have full knowledge on health related education and as such the hospital has no option than to comply with the Federal Governmentâ€™s directives.â€