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Verification Committee Identifies 21 Health Workers With Fake Certificates In Borno

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Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum has directed disciplinary measures to be taken, after a verification committee identified 21 health workers, amongst them some nurses, operating with fake certificates.

Dandal Kura Radio International reports that the committee had also found 91 ghost workers in different health institutions across the state.

A statement issued by the governor’s spokesman, Isa Gusau said Chairman of the committee, Dr Joseph Jatau revealed this on Monday in Maiduguri, while presenting the committee’s report to Governor Zulum at the governor’s office annexe located in Musa Usman (workers) secretariat.

Dr Jatau explained that among those with fake certificates were some nurses, and other medical and support staff.

The chairman also disclosed that 91 ghost workers were discovered from the lists of some health workers in the state, who had either resigned or withdrawn from service, while salaries were being paid in their names.

He noted that over N23m was discovered as being wrongly spent on a monthly basis.

Jatau further explained, found out that some dead, retired and absconded staff were being consistently promoted with salaries also paid in their names.

According to the statement, in the light of its findings, the committee made 13 recommendations that could help reposition the Hospital Management Board (HMB) for optimal healthcare service delivery in Borno.

Zulum was happy with the discovery but worried that some health workers could use fake certificates, despite the risk of handling the health issues of citizens, without prerequisite training and certification.

Anyone that fakes certificates in nursing and other medical courses is capable of killing people. Only God knows how many people they might have harmed or even killed.

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