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Jigawa Govt. to train 150 nurses overseas, employ 60 doctors from abroad — Gov. Abubakar

By NAN   |   11 December 2015   |   2:15 pm  
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The Jigawa Government says it will train 150 nurses and employ 60 medical doctors in 2016 to address the shortage of medical personnel in the hospitals in the state.

Gov. Badaru Abubakar, who made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Dutse, said that the government would establish another school of nursing in Hadejia.

Abubakar said that the government decided to take those steps in order to enhance the quality of healthcare in the state.

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“What we have discovered in the health sector is an acute shortage of medical personnel – nurses, midwives and doctors.

So we plan to train 150 nurses and 60 doctors abroad next year; also, we plan to have another school of nursing in Hadejia.

So that in a short period of time, we can have between 400 and 500 nurses churned out from different schools here and the ones that we will train abroad to take care of the acute shortage of health personnel.’’

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Abubakar said it was in order to address those challenges that the state government allocated N20 billion to the health sector in the 2016 budget.

He said that part of the allocation would be used to provide pieces of equipment and infrastructure at the hospitals in the state.

According to him, the government has taken huge steps to improve the standard and operations of the existing School of Nursing in Birnin Kudu and the College of Health Technology in Jahun.

The governor said that his administration was working closely with the medical and dental council to recruit additional doctors from abroad to increase the number of doctors at the hospitals.

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“We are working with the medical and dental council to help us source quality doctors from abroad and that is the major investment we want to do in the health sector because it is the major challenge.

“If you provide medicine, infrastructure, and equipment and there is no doctor it is useless; it is not going to work.

So the major focus this year is getting the right personnel, while we work hand-in-hand to improve the infrastructure and the equipment of the hospitals.”

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According to him, the state government has worked out modalities to provide the hospitals with modern equipment and infrastructure

He added that new clinics would also be established in communities and furnished with modern equipment “to enhance the quality of healthcare to the people’’.

“You need to have healthy people to transform agriculture and diversify the economy,” he said. (NAN)



  • bobo

    Where is the money coming from?

  • Naijalova

    Governor, can you employ doctors and nurses from other parts of the country
    God bless nigeria

  • emmanuel kalu

    This is how we waste money and complain that our youth don’t have jobs. I am pretty sure we have loads of doctors that are looking for work. we have nurses seeking employment and youth that could be trained at local place to fill the need. why spend money sending this people overseas, instead of bringing the nurse training personnel’s to Nigeria to train. so if we send over 200 people abroad, we would have to pay for their housing, feeding, taxes, transport and training fees. all going to another country, instead of bringing the trainer to Nigeria and let them pay all those things to our local economy. I continue to say it, we don’t have leaders, we have criminals that are looting our resources, and killing our country.

  • gladys robert

    Nigerian doctors and nurses are in high demand overseas. Why will this idiot not hire Nigerian trained medical personnels. You are going to hire Indian trained Veterinary Doctors to come and practice on human beings in Nigeria. May be you were still in the womb when the north hired Indian and Pakistani trained teachers to teach in Northern schools. Go and check the results first. Rakwumi Dutse

    • tunde008

      The whole north there is no medical man power.I was in katsina state good hospital but no manpower.They will need to go to school first

    • PINCO

      nigerian doctors and nurses are not in high demand abroad. they are classed as third class . even benin republic dont recognise them but they are hard working and ready to take the pains of writing a series of exams and doing further traning. if a nigerian nurse wants to work in australia she or he must write ielts and score 7 in each of the component and then reenter nursing school afresh and study for 3 years. if a nigerian doctor wants to work i australia foe eg he must pass amc mcq and write ielts and score 7 in each of the component and now wriet PESCI and pass before he can practise. Australia has introduced what they call comparable practise and nigerian pratice is deemed incomparabel and so it will be very difficult for a nigerian doctor to get a hospital job even if you pass AMC exam MCQ and clinicals. You need to like do a diploma programme in a place like south africa to be accepted or go there and do a programme which you must pay fpor. The truth is that our medical education and pratcise is archaic, doctor centred and not rewarding. Medical education does not end in medical school or Specialist schools. It is continous. i suggest there should be a retraining of all health orofssional in nigeria including the so called professors and the scrappibg o dmedical hierachy and answering and boasting of am a chief or chief nurse. Everybody shoild begin e- learning. to update. There should be national guidelines. Hospital should be fully equipped to international standards. Programmes like ecg traing, Basic likfe support ,advanced cardiac life support ,advanced trauma life support and advanced paediatric life support should be introduced and must be done and repeated every two years. Otherwise we will sooon move to 4th class health professionals on the world scale.

      • amador kester

        Good write up. Politics brought nigeria down, down the valley of concatenation. In 1974 a b.sc in nigeria was officially equal to an m.sc from america. Thats true! Today our doctors are not even recognized in lome togo, our system believes in fetish hierarchy, chief this, chief that and health can go to the birds. Call their professors to explain the rot and they moan a litany of woes. Professors dont bemoan their fate! They produce solutions! I think nigerian medical syllabus must include hospital management,human resource mgt and project mgt as well as advances in integrative health research.
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        • Ralf

          B.Sc (Nigeria)=M.Sc (USA) in 1972?..Remember, so many Nigerians has never seen an apple physically until 80’s,bt we read in books like:1apple+2apples=3apples… Even someone who studied nursing to B.Sc level in Nigeria then,may not hv known or seen a real life CT scan or EKG machines physically back in Nigeria,so how can tht person b at par wit an M.Sc holder, in tht same nursing field in America who studied n practiced wit those Machines i mentioned..Most pple tht studied computer science in Nigerian universities in early 90’s,never used a real desktops throughout thier 4yrs program. .First time i came bck wit a lap top then,some didnt know how to even use it.Still most of them got 2class upper B.Sc certs already in computer science. ..Fact…I think tht u exaggerated d whole story dude..The Nigerian B.Sc holder still hv to go to a college n do some more training n exams b4 bn accepted, bt not to b at par wit an American masters holder then or now inside d USA. .It has never happened. ..Nigerian educational system then was quite good..Bt remember too tht Nigerian universities then too was still not among African best 10 universities ,not to tlk of world bests as per rankings…Google d rankings in 1972 n now dude. .

      • Ralf

        Thts right bro.Especially, those who had never travelled out of d entity called Nigeria. They based their beliefs on wht they read on d Nigerian tabloids. . In d west,Nigerians put more efforts in whtever profession they may find themselves, be it medical ,financial, engineering etc..They need to go back to school in these countries. .. Tht does not mean tht Nigerians professionals are in high demand as wrongfully insenuated by @gladys above…

  • Kayode Ojuolkun

    Northerners are still nursing a mentality that ought to belong to the past. Inter-state clearinghouse for training or trained medical professions and whatever should be the first port of call instead of running abroad for the same thing. Nigerian Youth Corps Service started out as a way to build trust and to promote inter-state movement of skilled workers across cardinal points in our great nation. What if the population-centers of Southwest do not buy agricultural products of Jigawa State? How is Mr. Governor going to sell them abroad to those who he is looking forward to train his future nurses and doctors? ‘One Nigeria” should not only be chanted without creditable actions to booth, just hire Nigerians regardless of creed. We better do each other right for the sake of unintended consequences of this Lugard’s contraption. The crazy mentality must die now!

  • Peter Macaiver

    The deceit that we are one Nigeria is continuously being exposed by the so call elites that shout one Nigeria when there is money to be shared.
    Southerners still work in Northern Nigeria as contract staff even in their state civil service. Their leaders see Southerners as foreigners except for when Oil money is involved.
    Nigerian doctors of southern extractions are all over the place but our Northern Nigeria Jigawa state governor is looking for doctors from overseas.
    We need not appeal to you. You may not know that some of the best doctors or specialist world wide are Nigerians.
    If you truly need doctors from abroad in your own terms try look for them in a near by abroad in the Nigeria Southern States. May Allah the most Merciful have mercy on you Hippocrates.

  • Peter Macaiver

    The deceit that we are one Nigeria is continuously being exposed by the so call elites that shout one Nigeria when there is money to be shared.
    Southerners still work in Northern Nigeria as contract staff even in their state civil service. Their leaders see Southerners as foreigners except for when Oil money is involved.
    Nigerian doctors of southern extractions are all over the place but our Northern Nigeria Jigawa state governor is looking for doctors from overseas.
    We need not appeal to you. You may not know that some of the best doctors or specialist world wide are Nigerians.
    If you truly need doctors from abroad in your own terms try look for them in a near by abroad in the Nigeria Southern States. May Allah the most Merciful have mercy on you Hippocrates.

  • Ralf

    Can someone tell me Jigawa states Contribution to d national purse…Where n how ,are they gonna get d money to pay these foreign doctors n other professionals …?

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