Niger approves automatic replacement of retired health workers

The Niger State Government says it has approved the immediate recruitment of 1,000 health workers and automatic replacement of all retired health workers in the state.

This was disclosed by the state Commissioner for Primary Health Care, Dr Ibrahim Dangana at a news conference on Wednesday in Minna.

He said the administration of Governor Umar Bago is taking steps to ensure the provision of accessible, qualitative and affordable healthcare services across the state.

The commissioner said that the major challenge in the health sector in the state was the manpower deficit, adding that the deficit would be covered to provide adequate antenatal care services.

“Family planning services and also strengthens referral systems across all primary health care (PHC) centres in the state.

“A proper monitoring team will be channelled to all PHCs in the state, with the aim of correcting all forms of illegalities in the sector, to meet the yearnings and expectations of the citizens” he said

Dangana reiterated the determination of the government to ensure efficient, and effective health care delivery in the state by providing the needed manpower and facilities.

He said that the state government will build and equip a state-of-the-art Emergency Operation Centre in Minna, to coordinate and monitor vital services at PHCs across the State.

According to him, the ministry is working closely with the Ministry of Works, to come up with technical and structural drawings which will be forwarded to the Planning Commission for sourcing of funds.

The commissioner said the state government has given the ministry permission to upgrade and rehabilitate dysfunctional primary healthcare centres.

He revealed that the state government has approved the resuscitation of scholarships for medical students and bond programmes as measures to address the brain drain syndrome

Dangama said the state government would continue to strengthen ties with development Partners, as the state presently has a principal Memorandum Of Understanding with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others.

He gave an assurance that the Ministry of Primary Health Care would not relent in providing affordable, accessible and qualitative primary health care services to the people of the state.


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