The Bauchi State administration has been urged to recruit more health workers into the state civil service to help fill the gap in the health sector.
The call was made during an advocacy visit to the Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BSPHCDA), Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, in his office on Thursday by a coalition of civil society organizations in the state under the aegis of Bauchi State Network of Civil Society Organizations (BASNEC).
Mr Jinjiri Garba, the chairman of BASNEC, who led other members of the network on the visit, said there was a scarcity of health staff in the state’s health facilities, which he said was denying patients.
The arrival of Garba and his colleagues coincides with the state government’s preparation of the 2022 budget, and as a result, the government should include recruitment of more health personnel in the budget, according to Garba.
He then directed the BSPHCDA to provide special allowances to rural health professionals in the state in order to encourage those who have been deployed to rural regions to stay and work there.
According to the network chairman, many health personnel sent to rural areas are absconding from their duties, leaving patients unattended.
Dr Mohammed responded by thanking the civil society organizations for their visit and stating that CSOs and non-governmental organizations play critical roles in the development of the state.
He told the visiting network members that the state government planned to hire 100 more doctors.