The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has directed immediate recruitment of twenty additional nurses and midwives for Maryam Abacha Maternal Hospital in line with his administration’s efforts to reform the state’s health sector.
He added that the recruitment of 20 nurses, midwives and other health workers were in line with his plans to bridge manpower gap at Maryam Abacha Maternal Hospital and ensure Borno residents get adequate and quality medical attention.
Aside from the recruitment, the governor also ordered construction of permanent quarters for doctors and other health workers at the health facility to aid their productivity and ensure they get adequate rest.
The governor gave the directive yesterday during his visit to two hospitals in Maiduguri to monitor implementation of the ongoing health sector reforms he ordered, to address challenges across the state, assured that he would sparred no effort in transforming Borno’s health sector.
Zulum, who was also at Gwange Maternity Health centre where he ordered the installation of a solar power system to increase access to stable power supply, said that his administration was ready to equip the facilities with relevant instruments.
For both health centres, the governor directed the State’s Ministry of Health to roll out modalities for the procurement of additional maternal drugs and consumables towards increased support for pregnant women under a free maternal healthcare service.
Meanwhile, Zulum’s latest approval of doctors’ quarters was in continuation of his intervention on the housing needs of health workers. Last year, the governor approved the ongoing construction of new doctors’ quarters, located opposite Umaru Shehu Ultra Modern Hospital, which has now reached completion levels.
Similarly, latest approval for the employment of nurses was also not the first. In September last year, Zulum approved the recruitment of 549 medical doctors, nurses and other health workers, after previous directive for recruitment of 19 doctors and 150 nurses in July of same year. In January this year, Zulum approved recruitment of another set of 40 medical doctors.
The Zulum administration has since 2019, established 74 primary healthcare centre across the State and ordered rehabilitation of several General hospitals, and upgraded the status of General hospitals in Monguno and Biu to specialist hospitals.
Zulum also approved the ongoing construction of a teaching hospital to prepare the Borno State University to offer degrees in medicine and other health programmes through a medical college also approved by the governor for the State University.