By Mohammed Munirat Nasir
Zamfara state government in northwest Nigeria says it has recently employed 100 doctors and 322 nurses to boost its health sector.
The State says it is also currently renovating 147 Primary Health Centres (PHC) across the state to improve health care delivery in the rural areas.
Commissioner for Health, Lawal Muhammad Liman, announced the developments in Gusau at the 5th annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Zamfara state chapter.
He said the renovation of the PHCs was coming after the renovation of all the General hospitals in the state, as well as the expansion of Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau.
The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Habibu Yelwa said one of the top priority of Governor Abdul’Aziz Yari Abubakar was to make health care available and affordable to the people.
He said the state government had spent six years without polio virus, due to the adequate attention given to immunization activities in the state.
The Commissioner commended the NMA for supporting government’s health care programmes and assured of continued partnership with all stakeholders in promoting health care services in the state.
He thanked development partners for supporting Zamfara state in the areas of health care delivery.
Earlier, State Chairman NMA, Ologunde Kehinde Williams commended the state government over recent recruitment of doctors and health workers in the state and construction and renovation of hospitals.
Williams called for the improvement of the general welfare of health workers in the state.
He appealed for a strong partnership by all stakeholders in the state to join hands and work in addressing health challenges, saying the NMA was ever ready to partner government at all levels to render health services to citizens of the state.