Plans underway to shore up manpower in Gombe health sector as Governor Yahaya targets recruitment of additional 200 personnel
By Akanji Alowoludo, Gombe
Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, says the provision of quality and affordable health care services to the people sits at the heart of his administration’s resolve towards attaining the Universal Health Coverage.
The Governor stated this when he granted audience to National Officials of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) led by its President, Professor Cyril Usifor who are in the state to perfect arrangements for their forthcoming National Conference schedule to hold in Gombe.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, Governor Inuwa intimated his guests that his administration has since employed 260 health workers; among them Pharmacists, adding that plans are underway to recruit another 200 to shore up manpower in the soon to be completed hospitals in Kaltungo Kumo and Bajoga.
He explained that government has provided at least one functional health center in each of the 114 political wards of the state.
The Governor added that in addition to the remodelling of the state specialist hospital, the government under his leadership is reinvigorating the general hospitals in Kaltungo and Bajoga while a new one is being constructed in Kumo to bring quality and affordable health care services to the people at the grassroot.
“For the want of time, these are just few out of the numerous interventions the Gombe State Governor has provided and is still providing to guarantee the health of the people”.
On the industrial park which the President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria PCN described as futuristic master class, the representative of the Governor said when completed, it will serve as a manufacturing hub with positive effect on employment and value chain.
Earlier speaking, the President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Professor Cyril Usifor said they were in the state for their Annual General Meeting AGM preparatory to their National Conference scheduled to hold sometime this month in Gombe.
He commended the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for creating a business friendly environment for potential investors to explore and make fortune for themselves and the people of the state.
The PSN President described the Muhammadu Buhari industrial park as a revolutionary step taken by the administration of Governor Inuwa Yahaya to bring social and economic prosperity to the people of the state.
He said given the available necessary condition for the Ease of Doing Business in the state, the society will be left with no other choice than to market the potentials of the state to investors within and outside the country as contained in a statement by Ismaila Uba Misilli, Director-General, (Press Affairs), Government House, Gombe.