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Health Ministry to begin rural posting of medical doctors

By Chinyere Amalu

ABUJA— The Federal Ministry of Health ha concluded plans to commence the posting of medical doctors on residence, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Mr. Linus Awute, has disclosed.

Disclosing this to newsmen yesterday, the Permanent Secretary said, “it was part of the plan to reduce the burden of illness in the rural areas “where the residents need the health facilities most as they constitute 75% to 80% of the entire population”.

He, however, disclosed that the nation was on track of reducing infant and maternal mortality with the new scheme, which would be implemented soon.

“Arrangement has been put in place and the principle has been approved by the minister. We are thinking about rotating posting whereby doctors on residency can be posted to rural areas as part of their own residency programme on a rotational basis”, he said.

On the gap that needed to be bridged in the health services he said, “it would require increased funding, and integrated service approach.  This would also involve the full participation of stakeholders for the Health Strategic Development Plan (HSDP) to be effective”.


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