Hoodlums invaded Kogi Central Medical Store, looted and vandalised medical equipment and consumables worth billions of Naira, the state government has revealed.
Mass looting of private and public properties took place across the country in a fallout of the nationwide #EndSARS protest.
Dr Saka Audu, the State Commissioner for Health, expressed shock over the unfortunate development, saying it would be very difficult for the state to recover from it.
According to him, the state did not have the capacity to recover what had been carted away or vandalised in a short period without adequate external intervention and support.
”With a heavy heart, I am obliged to make public a very sad development, the kind of which I have never witnessed in my whole life.
”The Kogi State Central Medical Store was burgled and equipment worth billions of naira were stolen.
”Equipment that couldn’t be stolen like the walk-in refrigerator for immunisation, components of MRI/CT Scan machines were vandalised beyond repair, while others were moved from the store and broken into pieces in nearby bushes.
”The situation is indeed worrisome and should be a cause for concern to all Kogites as it sets us back many paces in our efforts to provide quality healthcare to all.
”It is also beyond my comprehension as the items in our store bear no semblance to food items which could be of benefit to these heartless invaders. The impact of this dastardly act will linger for a long time,” he said.
The commissioner said that the state was currently quantifying the extent of damage and would eventually make public the list of stolen items and cost implications.
He said that the state had lost the entire content of the medical store, saying not even office equipment or ordinary immunisation cards were spared.
According to him, medical equipment such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Computed Tomography machines, Digital Mammography, Digital Radiography, consumables, drugs, office furniture, air conditioners, solar power unit, fans, among others were either looted or vandalised.
He appealed to the federal government, development partners, donor agencies and well-meaning Nigerians to assist the State Government in that regard.
Also speaking, Dr Abubakar Yakubu, the Executive Director, Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (KSPHCDA), noted that 20 tonnes capacity Cold Room recently built for vaccines by the agency was completely vandalised.
He said that the cold room which was fully sponsored by the state government to be commissioned soon was destroyed and that its 100KVA inverter and 36 solar batteries carted away.