How patients contribute money to fix facilities in ABU Teaching Hospital

The dilapidated nature of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria appears to be completely ignored by the government.

Mr. Lawal Khalid, the Chief Medical Director, who spoke to Daily Trust reporter recounted how inadequate funding is affecting the hospital operations.

Patients, doctors and nurses disclosed how the hospital operations are been affected by lack of funds.

Most Departments, units and wards in the hospital are in a dire deplorable condition, Daily Trust has reported.

Mr. Sanusi who gave only his first name said the condition of the hospital is so bad. He recounted how patients contributed money to fix some of the electrical appliances in the wards.

The fan in our ward was not working and you know the serious heat that Zaria is experiencing now, he told Daily Trust.

“Wallahi (I swear to Allah), we contributed money to repair the fans in the ward. The electrician in charge of the ward told us that there was nothing he could do, as there were no parts in their store for repairs of faulty electrical appliances. So, things are so bad at ABUTH” he added.

Some Nurses and Doctors in the hospital say there is no single medicines and even a syringe in the hospital even in emergency cases.

Some of the Nurses who did not want to be mentioned say patients on admission have to buy everything not minding the condition of the illness.

Patients who were brought to the hospitals and cannot buy medicines for their treatment are simply allowed to die, some Nurses say.

A lady who gave birth in the hospital who recounted her experience, disclosed how she prayed to God to be discharged because of the terrible nature of the hospital.

She narrated how her relatives washed the hospital toilets, she has also appealed to the government to declare emergency in the hospital otherwise the place is gradually becoming a “death centre’ not a hospital.”

An official of the hospital who spoke in condition of anonymity said he has not been paid salaries for 24 months.

A technical staff of the hospital narrated how a Doctor working in the hospital forced the management to fix a fan in one of the wards when his son was admitted.

Bilkisu Muhammad, a Resident Doctors, also lamented the deplorable condition of the hospital.

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