By Chinyere Amalu
ABUJAâ€” 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, â€œit was part of the plan to reduce the burden of illness in the rural areas â€œwhere the residents need the health facilities most as they constitute 75% to 80% of the entire populationâ€.
He, however, disclosed that the nation was on track of reducing infant and maternal mortality with the new scheme, which would be implemented soon.
â€œArrangement 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 basisâ€, he said.
On the gap that needed to be bridged in the health services he said, â€œit would require increased funding, and integrated service approach.Â This would also involve the full participation of stakeholders for the Health Strategic Development Plan (HSDP) to be effectiveâ€.