Over Misconduct' DASH Lafia Dismises 10 Staff in Nasarawa

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The Management of Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia, Nasarawa State, says it has dismissed 10 of its staff recently over financial misconduct.

Dr Hassan Ikrama, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital disclosed this in an interview with Newsmen on Thursday in Lafia.

According to him, the affected staff were dismissed for various offences including stealing, diversion of funds and sabotage.

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"Some of them are engaging in stealing of blood from blood bank and selling same to private hospitals to diverting money meant for the hospital.

"Some are using the facilities of the hospital to carryout investigation in the laboratory and put the money for the charges in their private pockets," he added.

He noted that all the dismissed staff were tried and found culpable by the committee set up to look into their matter.

He said that when he was appointed as the CMD of the hospital, he discovered that the hospital was rotten with leakages in every department.

"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 daily basis.

"The hospital prior to my coming was lacking so many machines, has 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.

He explained that given all these challenges, himself and the management staff had decided to block leakages in order to improve services at the hospital.

He added that as at now, he has increased the numbers of theatre to three, clinics to eight, scanning machine from one to eight.

Others initiatives to reposition the hospital includes; 200 additional beds, renovation of wards, toilets among others.

He said that he has strengthened the hospital by employing more technical and other specialists to cater for the increasing number of patients patronising the facility daily.

“We have 40 permanent and other visiting consultants in different fields, over 100 Doctors apart from Nurses, Pharmacists and Laboratory Technicians, among others.

“We also acquired brand new scan and digital Xray machines that patients were hitherto sent to Keffi or Jos because we do not have them," he added.

Ikrama therefore assured members of the public that the management of the hospital would do everything possible to ensure better service delivery.

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