Borno raises health workers retirement age to 65
The Borno State Government has increased the retirement age of health workers to 65 years.This followed challenges of delivering healthcare services and other emergency response needs arising from the activities of Boko Haram insurgents that have claimed many lives and property in the state.
Governor Kashim Shettima disclosed this while declaring open the mid-term review meeting to assess the implementation of Health and Nutrition Emergency Response (HNER) project at the Government House, Maiduguri.
He said there was the need to better motivate health workers in the state to address the health needs of the people living in rural and urban areas.His words:“Before cynics ask any questions, let me quickly say that our work is in progress. We have rebuilt, expanded and remodeled nine out of 19
General Hospitals destroyed by Boko Haram.
“We are currently building nine new General Hospitals in various locations, while we have successfully built the first hospital dedicated to women and children in Borno State.”
Shettima said that even the Health Training Schools have also been upgraded to Colleges, adding that with the assistance of the Federal Ministry of Health and other partners, the state government has been providing free drugs in primary and secondary health facilities.
“Since the resurgence of the Wild Polio Virus, we have carried out 10 immunization plus days across the state while the state government also took pro-active action that ensured zero meningitis or hepatitis E outbreak in the state,” he stated.
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