- The Kogi state government has approved the employment of medical doctors by the governing boards of Kogi State Hospitals Management Board (KSHMB)
- This was after more than 88 medical doctors left the state public service under the current administration
- The state commissioner for health, Haruna Saka, revealed that the doctors left because they secured post graduate training in federal government’s teaching hospitals
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has granted express approval to the governing boards of Kogi State Hospitals Management Board (KSHMB) and Kogi Specialist Hospital, Lokoja (KSSH), to employ more doctors.
Haruna Saka, Kogi commissioner for health, disclosed this on Friday, February 1, in Lokoja while reacting to the exit of some doctors from the state’s civil service since 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) on Monday, January 28, called on the governor to reverse the ‘current internal drift’ of doctors and other healthcare workers in the state.
The Kogi NMA chairman, Kabiru Zubair, said over 88 medical doctors had left the state public service under the current administration.
The commissioner, however, said that the doctors left because they secured post graduate training in federal government’s teaching hospitals, adding that the bulk of them were those recently employed by the state.
“Majority of them had passed the primary examination of the National Postgraduate Medical College and West African Postgraduate College. So ab initio, we never expected them to stay for long before commencing their training.
“It has been a recurring trend to see doctors leave state public service once federal government opportunity presents itself such as lift of ban on employment of resident doctors.
“Doctors who have intention of undergoing postgraduate training usually migrate towards federal service because till date, only very few states have the capacity to train resident doctors.
“To make working condition conducive for doctors in Kogi, the government has taken further measures by giving approval to the state specialist hospital to commence internship training for doctors.
“The specialist hospital will also acquire capacity to train Resident Doctors with immediate effect,” Saka said.
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The commissioner added that the governor had also approved welfare packages for new doctors, including interest free loan facilities to help them acclimatise when they come in.
He further said that Governor Bello had approved an arrangement for doctors in federal institutions in Kogi to also provide services in state health facilities that were under staffed.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) had said that it would resume its suspended nationwide strike.
The strike was suspended in May 2018. Ahead of the planned strike, the union is holding a meeting which will determine the format of the strike and how it would go.
The body of all health workers, (excluding doctors) have been asking the government to increase their salaries and improve their members working conditions, among other demands.
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