Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state has explained that a committee to flush out quack doctors from the state health system was constituted few years ago to save lives of many people who were dying daily due to unethical medical practices.
The Governor stated this at the weekend in Minna at the memorial lecture and book lunch in honour of one time commissioner for Health late Dr Ibrahim Babaminin Sule, who died last year
He said that having checked the activities of quack doctors, the administration proceeded to employ 33 consultants doctors to ensure good and efficient service delivery in the health sector.
He said, ” the efforts of the administration in the sector are evident in Minna General Hospital where we have employed 33 consultants . There were only two consultants at the hospital at the inception of this administration”.
Governor Sani Bello said government efforts to sanitise the health sector wouldn’t have been fruitful if late Dr Ibrahim Babaminin Sule had not accepted to serve as the Chairman of the committee.
According to him, ” based on merit, proven integrity and honesty, I appointed him to head a committee to reform the health sector by investigating unethical practices leading to deaths both at public and private hospitals, check out quacks, diversion of patients from public to private hospitals as well as welfare of Doctors and other health workers among others”.
Governor Sani Bello said based on the sensitivity of the assignment, of the committee, he needed a man of proven ability like Dr Sule, adding that “unfortunately he died before the conclusion of the assignment, we will however reactivate”
The Governor immortalised the late Dr Ibrahim Babaminin Sule who also served as permanent secretary of the ministry of Health by naming the special ward at the Minna General Hospital after him..
The author of the book in honour of the decease titled I”brahim Babaminin Sule; The Inspirational Humanist”, Prof. Muhammad Kuta Yahaya said was inspired to write the book based on the tributes and eulogies poured on late Dr Sule following the news of his demise.
He expressed optimism that the book will serve as inspiration to younger and coming generations on the need to live a life of good legacies