Gombe govt assures of sustained welfare package for health workers
Group gives N40m to hospitals
GOMBE State Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo has assured to sustain welfare package for health workers in the state for effective service delivery.
Dankwambo, who stated this yesterday while declaring open the 2015 Yearly General Meeting (AGM) of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Gombe, said: “In the area of welfare for health workers, government will sustain residency training allowances for doctors and payment of COMMESS.
He said: “We will continue paying allowances to medical and health students through internship and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members as well as employment to enable them contribute their quota to the development of the state.”
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Charles Iliya, called on the association to emulate the outgoing executive by dedicating themselves as government would continue to give required support to enable them perform optimally.
According to him, government would expedite action to complete the College of Nursing in Dukku and Gombe State University Teaching Hospital toward improving on health care delivery in the state.
In his remarks, Dr. Danladi Bojude, Chairman, NMA, commended the state government for the implementation of their allowances on like other state in the federation.
He also urged the implementation of skipping of COMMESS from COMMESS2 as well as teaching allowance for doctors in the state civil service.
In another development, the Victims Support Fund has donated N40 million to two hospitals in Gombe State in effort to assist the victims of bomb-blasts on their medical bills.
The Executive Director of the group, Prof. Sunday Ocheche, who disclosed this yesterday in Gombe while leading a delegation on a courtesy call on Governor Dankwambo at the Government House in Gombe, said the donation was meant for Gombe Specialist and Federal Teaching Hospitals in order to assist the victims of insurgency in the state.
According to him, the aim of the foundation was to focus on women and children who lost their families through insurgency attacks.
The foundation also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Gombe State Government on the need to sustain the difficulty being faced by victims of terrorism.
Ocheche also said the foundation would ensure that children of families who were affected by bomb-blasts have their education without hindrance.
Responding, Governor Dankwambo thanked the foundation for the gesture in supporting the state with fund in order to assist the victims of insurgency.
The governor also said the donation of fund by the foundation deserves commendation, adding that the state government would do what it could to partner with the foundation.
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