The intensive heat period that will last up to 3 months from April – June has started resulting into a nightmare to indigenes of Yobe state.
The temperature in Damaturu according to the meteorological unit of the federal government is about 42 degrees Centigrade. As a result of this, a lot of people are suffering from different types of ailments ranging from malaria, meningitis, stomach upset and suffocation in some local government areas of the state.
The worst hit are the children between the age bracket of 2-10 yrs who suffered malaria and diaheria. When Saturday Vanguard visited General Sani Abacha specialist hospital and spoke to many patients, they said “they are going through the pains of obtaining drugs in the hospital, because most of the drugs prescribed by the doctors to them are not available in the hospital and as such it’s difficult for us the masses to meet other domestic obligations, let along buying drugs from private pharmacies.”
When Saturday Vanguard contacted the permanent secretary ministry of health Alh. Yahaya Mohammed to find out the reason for the non-availability of drugs in the hospital, despite the fact that the Yobe State government claimed to be operating free drug scheme for pregnant women and children, the permanent secretary refuse to give audience to the reporter on the excuse that he was tired and just back from journey.