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No room for health workers’ negligence in Niger – Commissioner


Apparently disturbed by the fatal mistakes of some medical personnel and the attendant irreparable consequences, Niger State government said it can no longer tolerate professional negligence by any health worker in the state.

The state Commissioner for Health and Hospital Services, Dr. Mustapha Jibrin, who disclosed this in Minna, Niger State capital, at the weekend, said that both life and death of every Nigerlites count.

He said two medical doctors from Suleja division are already facing ethical disciplinary committee for negligence in the course of discharging their duties.

The Commissioner said unlike in the past when people resort to fate when fatal mistakes are committed by health workers, government will not only investigate such act but will ensure that officers found wanting is brought to book.

According to the Commissioner, “We have resolved that as we put every efforts at ensuring better life for our people, we are also going to ensure that no life is lost to negligence on the part of our health workers. In Niger State, both life and death count.

“After thorough investigation, government will not only visit any negligence with proper sanction, we shall write either the Medical and Dental Council or Nursing and Midwifery Council of any doctor or nurse found wanting”.

He said this action was taken to forestall any sanctioned health worker from relocating to another state in order to escape serving his or her punishment.

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