… Okays annual course for 200 more
… To increase doctors, nurses quarters
Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has approved the engagement of 84 medical doctors, 365 nurses and midwives, 45 pharmacists and 100 health technicians and other support staff, rounding a total of 594 personnel added to the State’s healthcare sector.
Zulum announced the recruitment on Monday, September 14, 2020, in Maiduguri, held at the Government House with Borno’s public healthcare stakeholders. In attendance were the Chairman of Borno Assembly’s Committee on Health, Commissioner for Health, Dr Salihu Kwayabura, Chairman of the National Association of Nurses and Midwives – Umar M. Shettima – and heads of the State’s Health Management Board, Contributory Health Scheme, and Primary Healthcare Development Agency amongst other stakeholders.
Of the 365 nurses and midwives, the Governor explained that half are fresh college graduates, while the others are experienced personnel and retirees, all now recruited on contract. On the 84 medical doctors, the Governor said, some are recruited as permanent staff, while others are being engaged on contract and sabbatical services. Zulum noted that the 45 pharmacists and 100 technicians and supportive staff he approved would work in laboratories and other diagnostic sections as key components of the health sector.
The Governor said the far-reaching decision is aimed at drastically increasing the number of healthcare professionals across Borno State; to bridge the widening gap between citizen to doctor and nurses ratio; and to eventually, match the increase of hospitals and primary healthcare centres in the state; 51 of which were established by the administration.
Zulum also announced his approval for the State College of Nursing and Midwifery to commence its annual foundation programmes, scheduled to admit 200 student nurses and midwives annually. He said the foundation will begin with an initial 135 student nurses, with five drawn from each of Borno’s 27 local government areas.
The Governor said the State will, however, enter an agreement with all students who will enjoy steady payment of allowances. Upon graduation, they will not leave the State until they have served in the State’s health sector for a period of time, during which they will be paid equally like other workers. This development coincides the governor’s plans to embark on an aggressive construction of new staff quarters for doctors, nurses and midwives, to further 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 Governor Zulum’s development objectives.