MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno State Government over the weekend has disclosed its readiness to hire nurses and doctors to address the shortfall of health personnel in the state.
This was revealed by the state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, during the inauguration of the technical committee saddled with the establishment of a medical college and teaching hospital for Borno State University, established 2016.
He said that asides the teeming population in IDP camps and rural areas who are in need of medical care, the prevalence of coronavirus has further overstretched lean medical resources available in the state.
According him, the decision is hinged upon recommendations presented by the state chapter of Nigeria Medical Association, (NMA), calling for among other things, an urgent rejuvenation of the health sector.
Zulum said the current realities in the face of the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted lapses in the health sector which must be addressed.
He added that government has commenced the recalling of retired nurses and doctors and also hire new ones to reduce the ratio of doctors to patients, especially in rural areas.
“The government has directed for the recruitment of 150 nurses, 19 doctors and the recruitment of 133 retired nurses and midwives. All retirees both from the state hospitals and the federal government like the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, those who are hale and hearty that can function effectively should also be recruited.
“Inadequate qualified medical personnel and doctors in the state, especially in the local government areas, is a major challenge impeding on effective healthcare delivery.
“By establishing a medical college and teaching hospital, therefore, it is hoped that the ratio of doctors to our population shall reduce to an appreciable number and promote healthcare delivery,” he said.
The Borno helmsman further stated that the establishment of a medical college and teaching hospital at this time, will boost the chances of indigenes to meet their dreams of becoming medical doctors.
“We must help them to realize this, and money otherwise expended in hiring medical doctors or training them outside the country shall be utilized for other equally important purposes or projects,” he added.
It would be recalled that since April, 2020 when the index case was recorded, some 555 people have contacted the virus, 470 persons have recovered while 33 deaths have been recorded leaving the number of active cases at 85.