Police Arrest ‘Mentally Unstable’ Man For Disguising As Nurse In Lagos Hospital

A 26-year-old man, Olamilekan Adeoye, disguised as a nurse to steal a baby in a Lagos hospital has been arrested by police operatives on March 9, 2022.

 

The man who was arrested dressed in nursing uniform at the Maternal and Child Hospital in the Gbaja area of Surulere has been identified as 26-year-old Olamilekan Adeoye

A video of him circulating earlier in the day showed the suspect being escorted out of the building by workers and a policeman.

One of the workers at the hospital told channels Television that the suspect gained entrance into the second floor of the health facility which occupies, maternity ward, pregnant mothers, and babies.

He said: “He came in and pounce on food and beverage s for patients before he was noticed and arrested”.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed the incident, stating that preliminary investigation showed that the suspect is mentally unstable.

Ajisebutu explained that the suspect was referred to the police hospital and has now been transferred to the psychiatric hospital, Yaba for further investigation.

He added that the parents of the suspect who lives in the Fadeyi area of Lagos have also been contacted and that they confirmed that the suspect is not in a stable mental state.

Ajisebutu concluded that investigation is on to ascertain the mental status of the suspect.

One Dead, Three Hurt In Hungary Hospital Fire

Map of Hungary

 

A fire at one of Hungary’s largest hospitals in Budapest killed one person and injured two Sunday, according to Hungarian police.

The blaze began in a ground floor detoxification unit at the Szent Imre hospital around 07:30 (CET), a police spokesperson Angelika Molnar told the Hungarian news agency MTI.

The cause of the fire, which spread to an adjacent room, covering the surroundings with soot, is under investigation, she said.

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Staff moved 56 patients in nearby wards out of danger, but firefighters who put out the blaze later found the victim, a young female, an emergency services spokesperson Mate Kisdi told MTI.

Three people are also being treated at another hospital for suspected smoke inhalation, Pal Gyorfi, a spokesperson for the national ambulance service, told MTI.

A smaller fire last November at the same facility, one of the main hospitals in the Hungarian capital, was extinguished without fatalities or injuries.

Chinese Official Apologises After Woman Miscarries Outside Lockdown Hospital

A health worker inoculates people with the CoronaVac vaccine, developed by China’s Sinovac against the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19, at a vaccination centre in Bogota, on January 4, 2022. (Photo by Leonardo MUNOZ / AFP)

 

A top health official in China’s locked-down Xi’an apologised on Thursday over the miscarriage of an eight-month pregnant woman, after footage went viral of a hospital refusing her entry without a Covid test.

The city of 13 million has been under strict home confinement for two weeks to stamp out an outbreak, in line with Beijing’s firm “zero Covid” strategy.

The distressing incident was detailed in a social media post by the woman’s niece on January 1, which included photos and video of the woman sitting on a plastic stool outside the hospital surrounded by a pool of blood.

The post was later removed but not before it got hundreds of millions of views and sparked widespread anger online about the hardships faced by Xi’an residents.

“I deeply apologise to this patient on behalf of the city’s health commission,” Xi’an health commission director Liu Shunzhi told reporters, before standing and bowing to the audience.

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Liu said the hospital had been told to “compensate” the woman and said he apologised that the “access to medical care was not smooth during the epidemic.”

The city government said in an earlier statement Thursday on social media that the incident at Xi’an Gaoxin Hospital had aroused “widespread concern and caused a bad social impact”, adding that the local health bureau was investigating.

The hospital’s general manager has been suspended over the incident, as have “responsible persons” at the outpatient department.

The statement got more than 700 million views Thursday — illustrating the huge interest the case has generated within China.

According to the January 1 post that went viral on the Twitter-like Weibo platform, staff refused to admit the heavily pregnant woman for two hours because she did not have a negative Covid test within the last 48 hours.

Her niece wrote that her negative test result had expired just a few hours earlier.

AFP could not verify the post, and calls to the hospital went unanswered.

– ‘Heart attack’ –

The reports follow complaints from Xi’an residents over chaotic handling of the lockdown, including poor access to food and daily essentials during the lockdown.

On Wednesday, officials told reporters that Xi’an was opening “green channels” to provide quick access to medical services to certain groups — such as pregnant women and patients with critical illnesses.

The pledge came as a second woman took to social media to say she had miscarried last week after being turned away from several hospitals.

The woman, who said she was in the first trimester of pregnancy, wrote that she was unable to reach anyone on the public service hotline and did not get help from the police.

“I don’t understand why couldn’t I get through at the public hotline, and why I got given the runaround everywhere. Maybe ordinary people’s lives are worthless,” she wrote in a post from Wednesday.

Another Xi’an resident said her father died Monday after several hospitals declined to treat his heart ailment “due to pandemic-related rules”.

In a social media post from Thursday that has been viewed more than 500 million times, she recounted driving for over eight hours searching for a hospital while her father complained of severe chest pains.

After he was finally admitted, “the doctor said that the delay was too long,” she wrote.

It was unclear why hospitals had declined to admit the 61-year-old.

Coronavirus cases in China remain very low by international standards. But in recent weeks, infections have reached a high not seen since March 2020.

There were 189 cases reported Thursday, including 63 in Xi’an.

Those deemed to have failed in preventing virus outbreaks in China are often sacked or punished.

Brazilian President Rushed To Hospital

In this file photo taken on October 22, 2021, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a press conference with his Economy Minister Paulo Guedes (out of frame) at the Ministry’s headquarters in Brasilia.

 

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was rushed to hospital early Monday morning for treatment of a probable intestinal obstruction, local media reported.

Bolsonaro, 66, who has been in power since 2019, was taken to Vila Nova Star hospital in Sao Paulo.

TV Globo showed images of him disembarking from the presidential plane on foot with his entourage.

Doctor Antonio Luiz Macedo, who has operated on Bolsonaro on other occasions, told news site UOL that the president would undergo several tests to examine his abdomen.

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Neither the presidential press service nor the hospital has yet responded to requests for information by AFP.

In July, Bolsonaro spent four days receiving treatment for an intestinal obstruction.

Since a knife attack that targeted him during a 2018 election campaign, in which he was stabbed in the stomach, he has undergone abdominal surgery at least four times.

About a month before he was elected president, Bolsonaro was stabbed at a campaign rally by a man who was found to be psychologically unfit for trial.

AFP

Pele Discharged From Hospital

In this handout file photo released by WEF and taken on March 14, 2018, Brazilian football legend Pele smiles during the opening plenary at the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2018 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 14, 2018. Benedikt VON LOEBELL / World Economic Forum (WEF) / AF

 

Brazilian football great Pele was discharged from hospital Thursday after two weeks of chemotherapy for a colon tumor, announced the Sao Paulo hospital that treated him.

The 81-year-old ex-player known as “O Rei” (The King) “is stable and will continue the treatment of the colon tumor that was identified in September of this year,” the Albert Einstein Hospital said in a statement.

Pele underwent surgery for the tumor on September 4, spending a month in the hospital before being discharged to continue chemotherapy.

It is the latest in a string of health troubles for the aging star, whose public appearances have grown increasingly rare.

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Considered by many the greatest footballer of all time, Edson Arantes do Nascimento — Pele’s real name — is the only player in history to win three World Cups (1958, 1962 and 1970).

He burst onto the global stage at just 17 by scoring dazzling goals, including two in the final against hosts Sweden, as Brazil won the World Cup for the first time in 1958.

He went on to have one of the most storied careers in sport, scoring more than 1,000 goals before retiring in 1977.

Pele announced on Instagram on December 9 that he would stay in hospital for just “a few days” for chemotherapy.

He ended up staying for two weeks.

“Don’t worry, I’m just getting ready for the holiday season!” he said in a message to fans.

AFP

India COVID-19 Hospital Fire Kills 11

Firefighters inspect a ward after a fire broke out at a hospital in Ahmednagar district on November 6, 2021. AFP

 

Fire tore through a hospital in western India on Saturday killing at least 11 coronavirus patients, officials said.

The blaze was the latest to hit pandemic wards across India.

There were about two dozen patients at the intensive care unit in the hospital in Ahmadnagar district, Maharashtra State when the fire broke out, officials said. Most of the dead were aged over 60.

The hospital ward, which was left a charred wreck, had been newly built for coronavirus patients.

Maharashtra state chief minister Udhav Thackeray ordered a formal investigation into the blaze and safety conditions at the hospital 250 kilometres (185 miles) from the regional capital Mumbai.

Charred remains of the medical equipment and bed are pictured inside a ward after a fire broke out at a hospital in Ahmednagar district on November 6, 2021. AFP

 

India’s underfunded public health system was pushed to breaking point by a coronavirus surge in April-May. But a number of Covid-19 hospitals were hit by fire tragedies.

At least 16 Covid-19 patients and two nurses were killed in a blaze at a hospital in Gujarat state in May. A police investigation blamed a short-circuit in the hospital’s ICU.

In April, at least 13 Covid-19 patients were killed at a Mumbai clinic, which came just days after another hospital blaze in the city that left 22 dead.

AFP

Bill Clinton Leaves Hospital After Five Nights

Former US President Bill Clinton arrives to attend a church service for former French President Jacques Chirac at the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)

 

Former US President Bill Clinton, 75, was released from a California hospital Sunday after spending five nights in treatment for an infection.

Clinton, arm in arm with his wife and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, gave a thumbs up after he walked slowly out of the hospital and shook hands with staff in front of television cameras.

“President Clinton was discharged from UC Irvine Medical Center today,” said a statement by doctor Alpesh Amin released via a Clinton spokesman.

“His fever and white blood cell count are normalized and he will return home to New York to finish his course of antibiotics,” added Amin, who oversaw the medical team treating the former president.

The US leader from 1993 to 2001 was admitted Tuesday evening to the hospital south of Los Angeles with a non-Covid-related blood infection.

The New York Times, quoting an aide, reported Clinton developed a urinary tract infection that turned into sepsis.

Sepsis is an extreme bodily reaction to infection that affects 1.7 million people in America annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It kills 270,000 of those infected every year.

Quadruple bypass 

The infection was the latest health scare for America’s 42nd president. In 2004, at age 58, he underwent a quadruple bypass operation after doctors found signs of extensive heart disease.

Six years later he had stents implanted in his coronary artery.

This prompted him to adopt a vegetarian diet and to speak out publicly about how his change in food consumption helped him get healthier.

“Maybe if I had… not eaten so many hamburgers and steaks, which I love, maybe if I had, you know, had slightly less stress in my life… maybe it would have been different,” Clinton told ABC News in 2004 after his successful heart surgery.

In the two decades since leaving the White House after two presidential terms he has thrown himself into numerous humanitarian and diplomatic causes.

He traveled the world, not just to receive generous speaking fees and to attend conferences but to visit disaster areas or raise funds for the fight against AIDS.

Clinton, who once called himself “the comeback kid” during the 1992 Democratic Party primary battle, remains involved in his Clinton Foundation and supported his wife’s unsuccessful campaign against Donald Trump five years ago.

Gradually his pace has slowed, and he has been traveling less in recent years.

The Clintons currently live in Chappaqua, New York.

Migrant-Dependent UK Healthcare Battles Staffing Crisis

File: A member of the ambulance services assists in moving a patient from an ambulance to St Thomas' Hospital in London on March 31, 2020, as the country is under lockdown due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Tolga AKMEN / AFP.
File photo: A member of the ambulance services assists in moving a patient from an ambulance to St Thomas’ Hospital in London on March 31, 2020, as the country is under lockdown due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Tolga AKMEN / AFP.

 

Britain’s National Health Service, which provides free healthcare funded from general taxation and welfare contributions, is one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan employers.

But the NHS — which listed 211 nationalities in England alone in 2020 — faces chronic staff shortages.

By 2029, the state-run service in England will face a shortfall of 108,000 nurses, according to the Health Foundation think-tank.

Now there are fears the crisis will further deepen due to a combination of shocks depleting its substantial foreign workforce: retirement, the coronavirus pandemic, Brexit and tougher immigration rules.

Migration has long been a “stopgap solution” as Britain suffered “recurring crises” for 40 years, said Mark Dayan, policy analyst at the Nuffield Trust health think-tank.

 ‘No Chance’ 

Retired doctor Iftikhar Ali Syed left Pakistan for Britain in 1960 and spent 45 years working in Burnley, a northern English town defined by factory chimneys belching black smoke.

Syed, 86, belonged to a generation of medical professionals from ex-British colonies who filled labour shortages after World War II.

They were directed to poorer regions — often ex-industrial heartlands like northern England and south Wales — where recruitment was hardest and health needs greatest.

Even today, the life expectancy gap between deprived areas of northern England and the more affluent southeast is more than 10 years.

“Overseas doctors had no chance. You got a practice where no-one wants it,” Syed told AFP.

Syed and other immigrant doctors of his generation “flooded” Burnley, he remembered, helping to establish its first cardiology unit and improve midwifery services.

But they retired after 2000, creating a shortage in Burnley, mirrored in places where immigrants disproportionately filled healthcare roles.

 ‘Tremendous Demand’ 

As in other countries, the pandemic has traumatised and exhausted Britain’s frontline health and social care staff and created a huge backlog in treatments for other conditions.

In the year to March 2021, international travel disruptions meant 3,700 fewer nurses came to Britain than in the previous year.

Faizan Rana, a 34-year-old NHS operations manager, said pandemic travel curbs have weakened services and exacerbated staff shortages at his London hospital and elsewhere.

Britain has become less welcoming and financially rewarding for EU staff after the 2016 Brexit referendum and the subsequent fall in the pound’s value, added Dayan.

In 2021, there were around 8,000 fewer nurses from European Economic Area nations on the official register than in 2016.

And more than half of EU nurses leaving Britain cited the country’s departure from the bloc as a reason for their decision, a 2020 Nursing and Midwifery Council survey suggested.

Syed remembered EU staff filling shortages in Burnley after his retirement and predicted “tremendous demand” again as their numbers diminished after Brexit.

‘Existential Crisis’ 

Under Britain’s new points-based immigration system, migrants must meet salary and English proficiency levels and have an offer for a skilled job, although a special visa scheme exempts healthcare workers.

Naveen Keerthi, 42, runs a recruitment agency bringing foreign doctors to Britain and believes the reforms will help hire overseas staff, with a “surge” in applicants in the past four years.

But Akshay Akulwar, a 34-year-old NHS doctor from India, said compatriots were increasingly choosing Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Middle East because of more generous visa rules.

And Dayan said the reforms will hit social care, where staff are not considered skilled and paid low wages.

The fate of social care, where trained carers look after vulnerable people in their homes and offer mental health services, is closely tied to the NHS.

Hospitals suffer greater pressures when patients cannot be discharged as adequate care services — often provided by cash-strapped local authorities — are unavailable for them to return home.

Social care has particularly suffered as Brexit sealed the “escape valve” of freedom of movement across the EU that had filled staff shortages, Dayan added.

Rebecca Bland, registered manager at a nursing agency in northwest England, told AFP the pandemic and new immigration rules have hampered recruitment.

The 42-year-old’s company works with the local NHS and has long recruited from abroad, especially the Philippines, but has only hired one-tenth of the staff required since the pandemic began.

Bland said her colleagues were “being pushed to the limit”, calling it “an existential crisis” exacerbated by pre-existing recruitment difficulties caused by low-paid, insecure work.

Mixed Picture? 

However, Dayan blamed workforce shortages on decades-old failures by successive UK governments to train enough staff and provide adequate long-term planning.

“The underlying problems are domestic in nature,” he stressed.

The UK government last month announced new NHS and social care funding worth £36 billion ($50 billion, 42 billion euros) over three years.

But Dayan warned cash injections alone would not resolve staff shortages, instead advocating better workforce planning to recruit and retain staff more effectively.

AFP

‘We Lack Everything’: Afghanistan’s Health System At Breaking Point

File photo used to illustrate the story. AFP

 

At an overcrowded hospital in Afghanistan, the few remaining doctors and nurses try urgently to treat skeletal babies and malnourished children packed side by side on beds.

The country’s healthcare system is on the verge of collapse following the Taliban takeover in August when international funding was frozen, leaving the aid-reliant economy in crisis.

“We lack everything. We need double the equipment, medicine and staff,” said Mohammad Sidiq, head of the paediatric department at the Mirwais hospital in the southern city of Kandahar, where there are twice as many patients as beds.

Many staff have quit after not being paid for months, while others have fled abroad fearing Taliban rule, with many women too afraid to return to work under the hardline Islamists.

Sidiq said there had been an influx of patients as access to the hospital improved following the end of Afghanistan’s 20-year conflict, straining resources further.

At just 5.5 kilograms (12 pounds), one 11-month-old baby at the hospital weighed just half what the infant should.

A severely malnourished five-year-old with diarrhoea and pneumonia lay motionless and was being fed through a tube. He weighed just 5.3 kilograms.

“I could not bring him to hospital before because there was fighting,” the boy’s mother said.

At another hospital in the northern town of Balkh, a medic said the number of patients had also shot up.

“In the past, the roads were closed due to the war and people could not come to the hospital, but now their number is much higher than before,” Muzhgan Saidzada told AFP.

“Of course, it has become more difficult to handle,” the doctor at the Abo Ali Sina Balkhi Regional Hospital said.

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‘Imminent Collapse’ 

After the Taliban swept to power the World Bank suspended aid to Afghanistan, while Washington denied the Islamist group access to the country’s gold and cash reserves, most of which are held overseas.

The International Monetary Fund also said Afghanistan would no longer be able to access the global lender’s resources, blocking hundreds of millions of dollars.

Other major donors such as USAID and the European Union have paused funding with no emergency support in place.

Leading aid agencies now say the health sector, which was primarily run by NGOs with international funding, faces “imminent collapse”.

HealthNet TPO, a Dutch aid agency which runs the Afghan Japan Hospital in the capital Kabul, said its 2,700 healthcare workers in Afghanistan would go unpaid and services would stop unless emergency money is provided.

At least 2.6 million people rely on the group for medical services at its 100 health centres and hospitals across the country.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said more than 2,000 health facilities had already been shuttered across the nation.

At least 20,000 health workers are not working, or are doing so without pay, it said, including over 7,000 women.

Covid Woes 

Meanwhile, Covid-19 continues to spread across the country, with few resources to bring it under control.

“Maybe in a month, we will not be able to provide for our Covid-19 patients,” said Freba Azizi, a doctor for Kabul’s only dedicated coronavirus treatment centre at the Afghan Japan Hospital.

“The death rate of Covid-19 patients will increase,” she told AFP. “We will see dead bodies on a daily basis.”

One patient, a 32-year-old man, died during AFP’s visit to the hospital. He was suffering from severe pneumonia and went into cardiac arrest.

Noorali Nazarzai, a doctor at the centre, told AFP he and his colleagues — including fellow medics, nurses, managers and other essential workers — had not been paid in three months.

According to official data compiled by AFP, Afghanistan has recorded 155,000 Covid-19 infections with around 7,200 deaths. But health experts agree a lack of testing means this is a vast underestimate.

A Johns Hopkins University tracker shows only about 430,000 people have been fully vaccinated — just one percent of the population.

Aid hope 

As the healthcare system struggles, the country remains mired in poverty and food prices are rising.

More than 18 million Afghans — over half the population — are in dire need of aid, while a third are at risk of famine, according to the United Nations.

The international community has pledged $1.2 billion in humanitarian assistance, but it is unclear how and when the money will reach Afghanistan.

UN chief Antonio Guterres said he believed the cash injection could be used as leverage with the Islamist extremists to exact improvements on human rights, amid fears of a return to the brutal rule that characterised the first Taliban regime from 1996 to 2001.

Some lifesaving aid has started to trickle in, with several aircraft carrying UNICEF, Save the Children and World Health Organization supplies arriving since late September.

The WHO said it has airlifted around 185 metric tonnes of essential medical supplies, including Covid-19 and trauma kits, antibiotics, and rehydration salts.

AFP

North Macedonia Minister Resigns After Deadly COVID-19 Clinic Fire

Police and firefighters inspect the scene at a Covid-19 clinic after a fire broke out, in Tetovo, North Macedonia on September 8, 2021. Photo by Arbnora MEMETI / AFP.

 

North Macedonia’s health minister on Friday offered his resignation after an explosion and a fire ripped through a hospital treating coronavirus patients killing 14 people

“The tragedy in Tetovo affected me very much… as a doctor and minister I presented, for ethical reasons, my resignation to Prime Minister Zoran Zaev,” Venko Filipce told reporters in Skopje.

Deputy Health Minister Ilir Hasani and two hospital directors have already resigned over the blaze.

It was not yet known if the premier would accept the latest resignation.


Twelve patients and two visitors died in the blaze which broke out late on Wednesday at a temporary building joined to the main hospital in Tetovo, west of the capital Skopje.

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The youngest victim was aged 29, the oldest 79.

North Macedonia has reported a rise in coronavirus infections recently, with the daily death toll reaching around 30.

It has recorded more than 6,100 fatalities in total since the start of the pandemic.

Covid-19 hospitals in other countries have been hit by explosions followed by fires.

In Iraq, dozens of people were killed in fires that occurred after oxygen cylinders exploded in April and July.

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Pope To Spend Few More Days In Hospital After Operation

This handout photo taken on May 5, 2021, and released by the Vatican press office, the Vatican Media, shows Pope Francis during his live streamed weekly audience at The Vatican.
Handout / VATICAN MEDIA / AFP

 

Pope Francis will spend a few more days in hospital following his colon surgery, the Vatican said Monday, adding that the football-mad pontiff was cheered by Argentina and Italy’s weekend victories.

Francis will “remain hospitalised for a few more days in order to optimise the medical and rehabilitation therapy,” spokesman Matteo Bruni said.

The 84-year old underwent planned surgery for inflammation of the colon on July 4. The following day, the Vatican said he was expected to stay at least seven days at Rome’s Gemelli University Hospital.

It was not clear if Francis, who loves football but goes to bed early, stayed up to watch the European championship final between Italy and England, which his adopted homeland won on penalties.

But he likely heard the celebratory fireworks and raucous beeps from cars and scooters across Rome.

The Argentine pope has spent much of his recovery period pacing the hospital’s corridors. His mood is likely to have been lifted Saturday by Argentina’s win over hosts Brazil in the Copa America final.

Francis was “sharing the joy for the victory of the Argentine and Italian national teams with the people close to him”, Bruni said.

And in doing so he had “dwelt on the meaning of sport and its values, and on the sporting ability to accept any result, even defeat”, he said.

“Only in this way, in the face of life’s difficulties, is it possible to always put yourself out there, fighting without giving up, with hope and trust,” Francis was quoted as saying.

– Sunday Angelus from hospital –

On Sunday, the pope greeted well wishers from his balcony on the hospital’s 10th floor, where he delivered the Angelus prayer, thanking them for their support “from the bottom of my heart”.

He had earlier visited children in the nearby cancer ward, some of whom then went with him to the balcony and stood by him, Bruni said.

He was photographed Sunday looking cheerful in a wheelchair as he greeted staff and a fellow patient.

Francis is in the same suite used by Pope John Paul II — who also lead the Angelus prayer from there — and has celebrated mass in the apartment’s private chapel with those looking after him.

The pontiff temporarily ran a fever last week after his operation for “severe diverticular stenosis with signs of sclerosing diverticulitis”.

But a chest and abdomen scan and other tests revealed no particular abnormalities.

Diverticula are small bulges or pockets that develop in the lining of the intestine. Diverticulitis occurs when they become inflamed or infected.

Sclerosis is normally defined as a hardening of tissue.

 

Kaduna Revenue Service Seals Hotels, Hospital Over N22m Tax Liabilities

Officials of the Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service seal three hotels and a hospital.

 

The Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service has sealed three hotels and a hospital over N22.2 million tax liabilities.

According to the service, the affected facilities which are located in the state capital were owing the Kaduna government between N12million, N2.8 million; N347,000 and N7million tax respectively.

Legal Adviser of the Kaduna Internal Revenue service, Aisha Mohammed, who is also the leader of the enforcement team, says the service had obtained court orders to seal the hotels and hospital for defaulting despite several notifications, adding that the businesses will remain sealed until they settle their outstanding debts.

 

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

 

She explained that the action is in line with the provisions of Section 104 (3) and (4) of the Personal Income Tax (Amendment) Act, 2011 and Section 37 (3) and (4) of Kaduna State Tax Codification and Consolidation Law, 2020, as amended.

According to her, the tax liabilities are based on assessment from 2012 to 2018, and the Service has served them notice several times but they refused to oblige.

The Legal Adviser, however, admonished other business operators in the state to settle their outstanding tax liabilities or be ready to face the same treatment.