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USAID, others attribute lack of health workers to low salaries

USAID funded Health Workforce Management, HWM and Integrated Health Program, IHP have attributed the reason behind inadequate health workers in Bauchi State to poor salaries and other welfare packages.

They gave the indication in Bauchi at an event to commemorate this year’s World Health Workers Week with the theme: Build Back The Health Workforce Better.

The State Coordinator USAID HWM, Mr. Bature Robert who said the inadequacy of frontline health workers especially in the rural facilities was a huge challenge that needs to be addressed by the state government so as to have optimum healthcare service delivery.

Mr. Robert called on the government to introduce rural allowance for those who were posted to rural facilities, to prevent them from running away to the city centre.

The USAID IHP, Human Resource Advisor, Dr. Bukar Largema also said one of the factors that is scaring health workers from accepting employment offer in the state was poor incentive package, compared to other states, hence the need for the government to improve in that direction.

The State Commissioner for Health, represented by the Permanent Secretary Alhaji Ali Babayo reassured the state government’s commitment to recruit additional health workers to fill the existing gap in the sector.

Alhaji Babayo commended the state Governor for approving the absorption of 1064 Pre-service Students into the state health workforce as part of efforts to address the problem.

Reportinig by Murtala Muhammad, Editing by Omotola Oguneye