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Health union condemns members’ misconduct in Kano

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The Medical and Health Workers Union, Kano State chapter, has condemned activities of four health workers found guilt of unethical conduct in the line of duty.

Four members of the union, including a clinical assistant and junior health workers at the primary healthcare centres, were recently dismissed for offences namely illegal abortion, rape and fraud.

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Reaction to the development, the Administrative Secretary of the union, Comrade Yusuf Auwalu Kiyawa, expressed disappointment and condemned the dastardly act, noting that such behavior does not reflect the hard earned integrity of the body.

Kiyawa stated that the union has not received any official notice from authorities on the development, but insisted the act of unauthorised abortion was not only criminal, but professionally wrong.

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“Although there are medically recognised and recommended abortions, but illegal abortion is ethically prohibited. And for a clinical assistant to conduct such action is criminal.

“A clinical assistant does not have the right to carry out any medical action except under the supervision and direction of senior and qualified medical workers or medical doctors.

“That practice is embarrassing to the union and we would not condone that act of quackery. Although, we are still waiting for official report to that effect, but let me say that the union is against the action, because it is not in line with the standard order and no responsible health worker will engage in such illegal action,” Kiyawa said.

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A spokesman of Primary Health Care Management Board, Maikudi Muhammad Marafa, confirmed the ugly development, saying a disciplinary committee instituted by government had recommended for immediate dismissal of the affected staffs.

According to him, one of the suspects, a staff of Kano State Primary Healthcare Management, was said to have conducted abortion at Gwarzo primary healthcare centre.

Marafa said another culprit was found guilty of rape, an act he committed in the healthcare facility, while the remaining two were found guilty of defrauding government facility.

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Confirming the development, he said: “Yes, it is not a rumour. Four health workers in the state civil service were dismissed for various offenses. One of them was already taken to court for carrying out illegal abortion and the court has sentenced him to two years imprisonment.”

Marafa stressed that despite the legal action instituted against one of the affected persons, their sacking service were recommended by disciplinary committee in line with the civil service rules.

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