“I Have Never Heard Of Reuters’ Report” – Medical Director At Borno Specialist Hospital Opens Up
The Chief Medical Director of the Borno State Specialist Hospital, Dr Aisha Adamu Buba has opened up on what she knows about a Reuters’ report of last December.
Naija News recalls that a report by international news agency, Reuters had alleged that the Nigerian military, since 2013, was involved in a secret, systematic and illegal abortion of 10,000 pregnancies, infanticide and other forms of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence while fighting insurrection in the North East region.
However, the CMD at the specialist hospital in Borno has reacted to the report, saying she has never heard of Reuters’ Report
It was learnt that Buba told the 7-member panel of the Special Independent Investigative Panel on Human Rights Violations in Counter Insurgency Operations in North-East Nigeria chaired by Justice Abdu Aboki that the hospital did not record any sign of sexual assaults among women and girls handed over to them by soldiers after their rescue from the frontline of counter-insurgency operations in Nigeria’s North East.
The CMD, who said “I have never heard of Reuters’ report,” explained that the hospital under her watch offers first aid services to returnees and those that require referrals are sent to other hospitals to manage severe cases such as fractures.
According to the CMD, the hospital also runs clinical services and conducts a few deliveries totaling about 248 in number per year.
Buba, an obstetrician-gynaecologist while answering if the hospital uses some drug like oxytocin and misoprostol, said the hospital uses such drugs strictly on doctor’s prescription.
Corroborating her point, other personnel of the hospital who testified before the visiting investigative panel include the Head of the Pharmacy department, Modi Ali Gambo, the Head of the Nursing Services department, Abdullahi Madu Bririma, Head Laboratory Services department Abdullahi Ago and the Mortician, Adamu Haruna.
They all denied through oral evidence that the Nigerian Army has at any point brought girls for the purpose of what the report highlights.
The investigative panel is expected to continue to gather evidence and testimony on this matter in the coming weeks.