By; Muktar Yahaya Shehu
The Kano State Hospitals Management Board has refuted in strong terms the purported allegation that the Accident and Emergency Unit of Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital have been attacked by thugs Thursday night and robbed patients of their valuables.
The Head of Public Relations Unit of the Board, Ibrahim Abdullahi, debunked the allegation in a statement signed and sent to Radio Nigeria Pyramid FM Kano.
The statement maintained that there were no substantive and tangible evidences to justify to the fact that such a case has happened.
The available information at the Boards disposal, according to the statement, was that around 3am on Thursday some thieves were chased by the vigilante group from Kofar Mata area and ran for their safety, a situation that made them to pass by the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital.
“In seeing that, the people around the facility began to run. That was what had actually transpired and the hoodlums had never got accessed to the Unit. To our astonishment, we just came across the trending insinuations going viral that thugs in dozens forced themselves into the Unit and robbed patients and their relatives of their valuable items”, the statement explained.
The release went further to say that Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, being a mega health facility attended by people from even neighbouring countries, its security will never be taken lightly.
It assured that “In addition to security personnel employed by the Hospitals Management Board, a police outpost under Kofar Wambai Police Division was attached to the hospital with policemen working day and night to further protecting lives and property of the facilities clients and we are ready to seek for reinforcement from the Division in case of any eventuality beyond the outpost”.
It then called on media to always authenticate the veracity of any story especially the sensitive one like this before making it public, pointing out that publishing and broadcasting unverified and unsubstantiated stories bring about nothing but instilling fear into the hearts of people and make the society chaotic.
To this end, the Hospitals Management Board calls on the general public to disregard the rumours as it has no iota of truth and continue patronizing the excellent health services being provided by the facility.