Benue varsity teaching hospital destroys N200m drugs

The Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), Makurdi, on Friday destroyed drugs and consumables worth more than N200 million.

This is even as the hospital has disclosed that at least one hundred corpses had been left unclaimed at the hospital’s morgue.

Speaking with journalists during the destruction of the drugs and consumables, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of BSUTH, Dr. Stephen Hwande, said the hospital had written to the Nigeria Police to get permission to dispose of the unclaimed corpses.

“I assumed duty two weeks ago and when I went round, I discovered drugs and consumables in the store worth over N200 million and over 100 unclaimed corpses. This was an eyesore and we decided to destroy it.

“What is surprising is that these are drugs and consumables acquired by the hospital to be given to the patients, so why were they abandoned to the point of expiration.

“When you get drugs with short expiry dates, you can give them to other general hospitals for use, donate to internally displaced persons (IDPs), make them available free to patients who need them or do medical outreach to treat people.

“Why should we have expired drugs worth millions of naira when the entire state is in want of the drugs,” he said.