1The Management of Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia, Nasarawa State has dismissed 10 of its staff for stealing and selling blood meant for patients.
Dr Hassan Ikrama, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lafia.
“Some of them were engaged in stealing of blood from the blood bank and selling the same to private hospitals and diverting money meant for the hospital.
“Some are using hospital equipment to conduct private medical investigation, they charge patients and put the money in their pockets” he added.
He noted that all the dismissed staff were investigated and found culpable by a committee that looked into the matter.
Ikrama said that when he was appointed as the CMD, he discovered many leakages in the finances of the facility which needed to be blocked.
“Instead of the internally generated revenue of the hospital to improve, individuals were busy diverting it for personal use, as a result, services were going down on a daily basis.
“The hospital prior to my coming was lacking so many machines, had only one theatre, only 200 beds for admission, one clinic, insufficient offices for doctors.
“That was why most patients were being referred to either Jos, Federal Medical Centre Keffi or National Hospital Abuja due to lack of machines and space at the hospital,” the CMD said.