The Niger State Government, on Wednesday, said it would hire 267 healthcare officials to improve health care in the state.
Dr. Makun Sidi, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health said this when he led the state’s Health Care Financing Technical Working Committee on an advocacy visit to the Niger State House of Assembly.
Sidi said “last year, we had the approval to engage 110 health workers, out of which, 30 were doctors.
“This year, we would recruit 267, out of which, five would be consultants.
“Suffice to say that today, Niger has 18 consultants in different areas of specialisation as against few years ago when we had four or five.”
The Permanent Secretary explained that the executive would send a bill seeking to domesticate the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the state.
The Health Care Financing Technical Working Committee made Alhaji Ahmed Marafa, Speaker of the House, as champion of the State Health Insurance Scheme.
The Speaker said that the bill would be passed into law in record time when presented to the House and it is important NHIS is active in the state because health issues were capital intensive.
Dr. Sidi finally noted that the remuneration of health workers in the state was poor, and called for improvement.