MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – The Borno State Government on September 14, 2020 has approved engagement of 84 medical doctors, 365 nurses and midwives, 45 pharmacists, 100 health technicians and other supportive staff, making 594 personnel added to the State healthcare sector.
Gov Zulum announced the recruitment in Maiduguri at the end of a meeting with State’s public healthcare stakeholders attended by Chairman of Borno Assembly’s Committee on Health, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Salihu Kwayabura; Chairman, National Association of Nurses and Midwives, Umar Shettima; and heads of State’s Health Management Board, Contributory Health Scheme, and Primary Healthcare Development Agency amongst others.
Of the 365 nurses and midwives, the Governor explained, half were fresh graduates of colleges while the others were experienced personnel who had retired from the State Civil Service now being recruited on contract.
According to him, some of the 84 medical doctors are recruited as permanent staff while some are on contract and sabbatical services.
Zulum noted that the 45 pharmacists and 100 technicians and supportive staff approved would work in laboratories and other diagnostic sections as key components of the health sector.
He said the far reaching decision to increase the number of healthcare professionals across the State is to bridge existing gaps in citizens-doctors and nurses ratio, and to also match the increase number of hospitals and primary healthcare centres in the state, 51 of which were established by his administration.
He also announced the approval for the State College of Nursing and Midwifery to begin annual foundation programmes to admit 200 student nurses and midwives annually.
He said the foundation will commence with initial 135 student nurses, with five drawn from each of the 27 Local Government Areas of the state.
The Governor disclosed that the Govt. will enter into agreement with all students who will enjoy steady payment of allowances, and after graduation will work in the State’s health sector for a period of time with paid salary like other workers.
He as well announced that the State will soon embark on aggressive construction of new staff quarters for doctors, nurses and midwives, to encourage productivity.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kwayabura, pledged the commitment of all stakeholders in the health sector to improved access to quality and affordable medical services in line with Government’s development objectives.