The Zamfara state government said on Wednesday that it had recruited 1,793 health workers last year.
The Commissioner for Health, Aliyu Abubakar, said this at an event in Gusau to celebrate the North-West Primary Health Care Leadership Challenge award won by the state.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) There are reports that Zamfara emerged as the best performing state in the North-West region in the Nigerian Governors Primary Healthcare Leadership Challenge.
NAN also reports that the Healthcare Support Program is supported by the Forum of Governors of Nigeria, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation, Aliko Dangote and UNICEF to Improve Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR) was given.
The event, organized at the State Health Ministry, was attended by state health partners, NGOs, CSOs, media and other health stakeholders.
Mr. Abubakar, represented by Aliyu Mikio-Mardun, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, described the award as a timely and welcome development for the state.
“Today is a very important day not only for the health ministry but for the state in general.
“This is one of the biggest achievements recorded by the State Health Ministry under the administration of Governor Bello Matawale.
“We are proud of the State Primary Health Care Board, the State Health Ministry’s management and its parastatals for achieving this great achievement,” he said.
The commissioner attributed the achievements to good policies and programs initiated by the Matawale-led administration.
According to him, construction of 147 PHCs in 147 political wards across the state and provision of 147 tricycle ambulances are one of the major factors in receiving the award.
“One of the major achievements registered by this ministry within a year is the recruitment of 1,793 health workers in the health sector in the state.
“Health workers include: nursing and midwives officers, community and dental officers, medical records and environmental officers.
“At the Hospital Services Management Board, we recruited 758 personnel, while at the State College of Nursing Sciences, we recruited 50 new employees.
“At Ahmed Sani, Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau, we recruited 205 personnel, while at the Primary Health Care Board we recruited 780 personnel,” said the commissioner.
In his remarks, Tukur Ismaila, Executive Secretary, State Primary Health Care Board (PHCB), said that the award has been given because of the state’s outstanding performance in primary health care delivery, which is ahead of other states in the North-West region. ,
“Performance was based on adequate primary health care, health infrastructure, primary health care, work health force, data quality and consistency in use and data generation, and gender equality in health care service delivery.
The Executive Secretary thanked health partners, traditional, religious and community leaders, security agencies, media practitioners and other stakeholders for their support, which contributed to winning the award.
Yusuf Argungu, State Team Lead, WHO, speaking on behalf of the health donor-partners, appreciated the award and pledged his readiness to continue supporting the State in boosting health care delivery.
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