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The Katsina State Government has recruited 993 medical doctors and auxiliary health workers to tackle the perennial shortage of manpower across its primary healthcare centres and general hospitals in the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Mr. Nuhu Danja revealed this at a one-day media roundtable, organised by the State Taskforce on Covid-19 in collaboration with Lafiya Programme.
Danja said 30 medical doctors were sponsored by the state government for different specialisation programmes within and outside the country to enhance efficiency and effective healthcare delivery system in the state.
He said the state government “has also recruited 13 nursing tutors, 15 midwife educators and one lecturer. Full sponsorship granted for nurses; 18 post graduate diploma in nursing education, four degree in nursing, 11 masters degrees in nursing and three PhD.”
Additionally, he said 200 health workers have been granted approval to undertake full time and part-time studies in Nigeria and abroad to build their capacity.
He explained that the state government “has adopted the Primary Healthcare Under One Roof law and converted all its local government health workers to the Primary Healthcare Development Agency (PHDA).”
He added that the state government also rehabilitated and upgraded eight general hospitals in Dutsin-ma, Katsina, Daura, Funtua, Malumfashi, Kankia, Musawa and Baure Local Government Areas of the state.
The health commissioner, however, lamented that the administration of Governor Aminu Masari had inherited a poor healthcare system and was making unflinching efforts to revamp the system.