Bauchi considers lifting embargo on employment in health sector
The Bauchi State Government has hinted that it is considering lifting the embargo it placed on employment in the health sector over two years ago.
Deputy Governor of the state, Baba Tela gave the indication at the 2021 Primary Health Care retreat with the theme: Towards Building a Sustainable and Resilient Primary Healthcare System in Bauchi State held in Gombe State.
He said the state government prioritised the implementation of programmes that would improve healthcare delivery in the state.
“We are working on the verification exercise report to ensure that our healthcare system gets more human resources. We are committed to healthcare delivery, which is why the state government has settled the outstanding counterpart fund with partners amounting to N350 million,” he said.
On his part, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sama’ila Dahuwa, said the state government needed policies and programmes that would drive opportunities for sustaining the state’s primary healthcare system.
Dahuwa, who pointed out that considering primary healthcare services, which provide basic health needs to over 80 per cent of the citizens, added that lack of sustainability of PHCs would dampen productivity of the healthcare system and delivery in the state.
He, therefore, assured that the retreat would provide an opportunity for stakeholders to brainstorm and come up with a valuable programme for effective healthcare delivery for the citizens in the state.
Speaking, representative of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Bashir Maidabino, commended the Bauchi State Government for its commitment to a sustainable primary healthcare system.
He urged the stakeholders to use the retreat to produce programmes and projects that would strengthen primary healthcare services to the Bauchi people.