Many private hospitals are being closed down in Kano for over stepping their bounds, according to the state government.
Recently, a number of clinics were closed by the Kano State government for alleged violation of rules of operation and environmental issues.
The exercise performed by the Special Adviser on Private Hospitals to the Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Dr Salisu Ibrahim has affected over 20 private hospitals, and the process is still going on. Expectedly, the action has spured reaction from the proprietors and patrons of the affected hospitals.
While the proprietors see the action as a deliberate attempt to push them out of business, those patronizing the hospitals said it is a step in the right direction, noting that the move was long overdue.
Over the years, people patronizing private clinics in the state have been complaining about the environmental conditions of such health facilities and the services they offer. They alleged that unqualified personnel are often employed. What is more disturbing to the patients visiting the private hospitals, as they relayed to Weekly Trust, is what they describe as huge amounts of money they said they are made to pay for services they said they are unsatisfied with.
A housewife, Ladi Ibrahim, recounts her experience at a private clinic when she took her younger sister who was in labour there. "The environment inside was so dirty, the water container used by in-patients was kept near the toilet with flies having a field day over it," she said.
She said after billing her about N13,000 as labour fees, her sister was left at the mercy of an environmental officer, because both the doctor and the other health workers had closed for the day around 10pm. "By 9pm the doctor came in and said he was going home, so he left us with a health worker. When it was about 10pm, the health worker also said she was leaving and we were left with the environmental officer. I was so disappointed by what was happening while my sister was in labour. At last it was our granny who stood by her till she gave birth, with the environmental officer assisting," she said.
Ladi said she regretted going to the hospital in the first place and wished she had given that money to her granny instead, adding that they could not see the doctor until around 11am the next day.
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