Lack of Nurses in the state has resulted in cleaners, ward attendants performing medical duties in Adamawa.
This was revealed by the Executive Chairman of the state Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Suleiman Bashir, during an interview published by SCOPE Newspaper(Owned by the state).
Bashir stated that this has prompted Governor Ahmadu Fintiri to lift the embargo on employment in the health sector.
” What happens in the health sector currently is that we have so many facilities without manpower. The staffs are getting overwhelmed. We have so many breakdowns, illnesses among our staff because of the burden of work, he said.
“We are worried about the lack of professionalism in the delivery of work. We have instances where those who are not technical workers in the health facilities – cleaners, ward attendants, and sub-staff are performing technical duties.”
Explaining what he meant by technical workers, he said they are those who provide professional duties, including nurses, midwives, laboratory personnel, doctors, and environmental health personnel.
The Health chairman, however, disclosed that the state government had taken steps to address the manpower shortage in especially the primary healthcare centres across the state by engaging in a recruitment exercise to bring in the much-needed staff.
“We got executive approval to employ 1,113 technical health workers into the state Primary healthcare centres in the 21 local government areas,” he revealed.
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