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‘We are grossly understaffed, without employment’

By Rukayat Akanbi

The Acting Chief Medical Director of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Dr. Saidu Abubakar Kadas has said that the tertiary hospital is currently understaffed with a lot of structures and equipment without adequate personnel to put them into use.

Dr. Saidu told Our Correspondent over the weekend that the situation is having adverse effects on the operation of the facility. He said it was about five years ago when employment took place in the hospital. According to him: “The hospital is a 700 capacity –health professionals in general. We are grossly understaffed. For the past five years or so we have not had employment.

“If you go round (the hospital) you will see a lot of projects that have been developed while some are under construction, all these are supposed to be manned by people but if you don’t have… Presently, we don’t have enough staff,” he explained.

Saidu also listed outsource services as challenge facing the hospital, he said staff security and cleaning services are key to service delivery of the hospital. “Before, the hospital has the control of these but government had banned it. It said these services should be outsourced. The law was made and the government should have supported it with finance. How do we pay all these people from our purse?,” he queried.

The Acting CMD said the hospital has been recording upsurge of baby deliveries during the pandemic. He noted that the hospital also houses COVID-19 isolation center while the capacity of the staff is been overstretched.

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