The Kano State Government has sacked the Chief Medical Director of Hasiya Bayero Paediatric Hospital, Dr Yunusa Sunusi over alleged negligence of duty.
The latest development came barely three weeks after the hospital was reopened for alleged negligence of duty and “capacity to drive the government’s policies of free consultation, admission and treatment”.
The sack of Sunusi is contained in a statement signed and issued to media houses on Thursday, 31 August, 2023 by the Public Relations Officer, Hospital Management Board, Samira Sulaiman
According to Sulaiman, the board in an unscheduled visit to hospitals under its care went to the hospital and found the CMD wanting and sacked him with immediate effect.
“The decision was taken after a long deliberation with the Commissioner of Health, Dr Abubakar Yusuf Labaran, and the Executive Secretary Kano State Hospitals Management Board, Dr Mansur Mudi Nagoda.
“His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has on several occasions visited the facility mostly at midnight and still found the facility in an unfavourable state urging that corrections should be implemented but still it remained the same,” the statement read in part.
It added that Nagoda lamented that the CMD lacked the capacity to manage human resources and render satisfactory hospital administration despite being a consultant in the field of paediatrics.
According to the statement, the CMD was not proactive in any way and did not seem to demonstrate any sign of leadership.
Nagoda explained that during the visit to the hospital, they met two wards upstairs closed despite adequate staffing, in addition to the ground floor being full while patients were being managed on pathways, which is an act of sabotage.
“In breach of the proclamation of government on the policy of free treatment, drugs and basic investigation are paid and receipted.
He was also given two weeks to set the lab into action but still not functioning, leaving patients with no other option but to run tests in other labs outside the facility,” it stated.
Nagoda explained that these were the compelling reasons that mandated the board and ministry to post Dr Ibrahim Muhammad, an experienced administrator and paediatrician, to take over as the CMD as well as deploying two senior consultants, Dr Jamila Sani and Dr Aisha Yahaya, to establish and run a specialist clinic in the hospital.