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Jigawa To Train 150 Nurses Abroad In 2016

By Paul Adunwoke |   27 December 2015   |   2:50 am  

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THE Jigawa Government says it would train 150 nurses and employ 60 medical doctors in 2016 to address the shortage of medical personnel in the hospitals in the state.

Governor Badaru Abubakar, who made this known in Dutse, last week, said 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. “We also plan to have another school of nursing in Hadejia Jigawa. So that in a short period of time, we can have between 400 and 500 nurses graduated from different schools here and the ones that will be train abroad to take care of the acute shortage of health personnel.’’

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.

“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 to improve the infrastructure and the equipment of the hospitals.”

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.

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