BY Michael Olugbode, in Damaturu
Two hundred and twenty-eight (228) medical practitioners are to join the workforce in Yobe State in order to improve the health sector in the state.
Â Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, according to a statement by his spokesman on Friday, Abdullahi Bego, has given approval for their recruitment.Â
Bego in the statement said: “His Excellency Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has given approval for the recruitment of additional 228 medical doctors, consultants, nurses and other categories of specialists and professional medical workers for the newly established Yobe University Teaching Hospital (YSUTH), which has begun to provide medical and clinical services to the public.”
Â Bego added that the governor on 21st December 2016, had earlier approved the first batch recruitment of 158 doctors, nurses, and other staff for the new teaching hospital, and that 17 expatriate doctors were also recruited from Egypt.Â
He said: “The latest recruitment of the 228 additional medical personnel follows interviews conducted by a special recruitment committee headed by YSUTH Chief Medical Director, Baba Waru Goni.”Â
Bego revealed that: “Of this number, there are six medical consultants, 30 medical officers, seven dental officers, 22 nursing officers, seven skilled nurses, 66 general duty nurses, 10 pharmacists, six radiographers, two X-Ray technicians, five pharmacy technicians, 13 health management information officers, 29 HIM technicians, two dieticians, five physiotherapists, one audiologist, two optometrists, two opticians, three dental therapists, nine dental technicians, one plaster technician, and two medical lab technicians.”Â
He said: “The Yobe State Government did these recruitments to further improve the peopleâ€™s access to quality and affordable healthcare services.”
He however added that the renovations and expansion of the General Hospitals in Gaidam, Gashuâ€™a and Potiskum towns were ongoing and the administration would proceed to equip them with all the required equipment and supplies as soon as the renovation works were completed.