Bauchi govt to lift employment embargo on health sector


Bauchi State Deputy Governor, Senator Baba Tela, says the state will employ peole for the health sector

By Ahmed Ahmed

The Bauchi State Deputy Governor, Senator Baba Tela, has disclosed the readiness of the state government to lift the employment embargo on the health sector soon.

Tela gave the assurance in Gombe on Wednesday at the 2021 state primary healthcare retreat for stakeholders, with the theme, “Towards building a sustainable and resilient primary healthcare system in Bauchi State.”

The stakeholders include traditional and religious leaders, development partners, federal, state and local government officials in the health sector among others.

He said that the state government had prioritised the implementation of programmes that would improve healthcare delivery in the state.

“We are working on the verification exercise report to see that the healthcare system gets more human resources in the state.

“The administration is committed to healthcare delivery. That is  why the state had settled the outstanding counterpart fund with partners to the tune of N350 million,” he said.

Tela, who is also the chairman of Primary Healthcare in the state, urged the stakeholders to deliberate and come out with robust policy and programme that would strengthen the healthcare sector in the state.

Also, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Sama’ila Dahuwa, said that the state government needed policies and programmes that would drive opportunities for sustaining the primary healthcare system in the state.

He said that considering primary healthcare service, which provided basic healthcare to over 80% of the citizens, stressing that  the lack of sustainability of PHCs would dampen the productivity of the healthcare system and delivery in the state.

Dahuwa assured that the retreat would provide opportunity for stakeholders to brainstorm and come up with a valuable programme for effective healthcare delivery for the citizens in the state.

On his part, Alhaji Bashir Maidabino, the representative of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) has commended the Bauchi State government for committing to a sustainable  primary healthcare system.

He urged governments and stakeholders to take ownership of the community health services, which he said, would improve sustainability and effective healthcare delivery.

Maidabino also called on the stakeholders to use the retreat to produce programmes and projects that would strengthen primary healthcare services to the citizens.


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