By Aliyu Dangida
Dutse—Jigawa state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Abba Zakari, has revealed plans of the government to close the existing manpower gap in the health sector with the employment of 100 medical doctors next year.
Speaking in Dutse while taking delivery of medical products donated by a pharmaceutical company, Dr. Abba Zakari explained that the government will not mind recruiting foreign doctors if the required number of the manpower could not be source locally.
He added that if it becomes necessary to recruit such personnel from outside the country, Bangladesh would be the first choice to be contacted, stressing that only consultants would be considered for recruitment from foreign country.
The commissioner said the employment would not only be limited to medical Doctors as the government has compiled statistics of Nurses, Midwifes and community health workers that will be recruited had also been compiled adding that the sum of N750 million had been budgeted for the procurement of medical equipments.
Dr. Zakari said the government will give priority to dialysis machines among the equipments to be purchased, “for the purpose of ensuring ceaseless functioning of such and other related machines, government is also considering the employment of Boi-medical Engineers.