The Kaduna State government on Tuesday hinted that, it was in the process of distributing newly recruited 1,225 front line health workers to selected primary health centres (PHCs) in the State.
This may not be unconnected to several calls on the need for recruitment of fresh 3,059 skilled health workers by media and civil society organisations working around maternal health, as a critical measure to address disturbing maternal and new born death figures in Kaduna State.
The State government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on maternal and child health with five development partners which are Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Aliko Dangote Foundation, Global Fund, DFID and UNICEF, which has been putting the state under pressure to improve on health care needs of people residing in the State.
Speaking during the opening of a 2-day Constituency Influence Assessment (CIA), health desk, facilitated by a non-governmental organisation, Partnership to Engage, Learn and Reform (PERL) at a hotel in Kaduna, Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, Planning and Research, Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency (KSPHCDA), Muhammed Awwal Waziri, said the 1,225 shortlisted applicants were to be engaged in the first batch of the recruitment exercise beginning this March if things work as planned.
According to him, in addition to fulfilling its on part of the MoU with development partners, the State government wanted to ensure there are minimum skilled health personnel in each of its health facilities across the State.
“The recruitment also became necessary as part of plans to make readily available skilled health personnel in preparation for the proper take-off of the Contributory Health Management Scheme (CHMS) which will cover people in both formal and informal secrors of the economy”, he said.
He highlighted community health officers, Nurse midwives (single and double), pharmacy technicians, medical laboratory technicians and medical records as cadre of personnel covered in this first batch of recruitment based on recruitment criteria domicile in the office of the Head of Service in the State.
The Director said, about 4,600 applied to fill the available space out of which 1,225 made the final list were approved and will soon be given their letters of appointment.
The Constituency Influence Assessment (CIA) was developed by PERL to measure the level of contribution of citizens constituents in influencing plans, policies and service delivery through discussion, dialogue and scoring of indicators on education, health, IGR, media, udget, local governance among others.
SOLA OJO SENT IN THIS REPORT 03/03/2020