The Zamfara State Government has approved the immediate recruitment of 49 midwives as part of its efforts to address the shortage of human resources in the state health sector.
The Chairman, State Hospital Service Management Board, Dr Nasir Sa’adu, on Wednesday told a news conference in Gusau that the government was also planning to recruit more doctors and nurses soon.
He said that the midwives to be recruited would be posted outside the state capital in order to improve healthcare services in the rural communities.
Sa’adu, however, denied the media reports that the state has only 23 doctors. “We have 149 doctors working under the state government; we have 89 doctors in Yariman Bakura Specialists Hospital, Gusau, while 60 doctors are working in the general hospitals across the state,” he said.
Sa’adu also said that the state government has embarked on total renovation and provision of healthcare equipment in the general hospitals across the state. According to him, so far, seven out of the 21 general hospitals in the state have been renovated to modern standard.
He said that renovation work would soon commence in the general hospitals in Talata-Mafara, Gummi, Kaura-Namoda and Shinkafi Local Government Areas. In his comments, Alhaji Muhammad Adamu, Secretary of the Board, said that the board has restructured its posting policy. “We are now placing much emphasis on the rural areas while posting the health workers. “We realised that most of our staff are concentrated in Gusau, the state capital and that is why we reviewed our posting policy.
“We are, therefore, calling on the health workers, under the board, to ensure hard work, integrity and dedication while discharging their duties,” Adamu said.