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USAID, others blame lack of health workers on low salaries

USAID-funded Health Workforce Management, HWM and Integrated Health Program, IHP attributed the reason for the shortage of health workers in Bauchi State to poor salaries and other social protection.

They gave Bauchi the hint at an event to commemorate this year’s Global Health Worker Week on the theme: Building Back Better the Health Workforce.

USAID HWM State Coordinator Mr. Bature Robert said the shortage of frontline health workers, especially in rural facilities, is a huge challenge that needs to be addressed by the government of the United States. to optimize the delivery of health services.

Mr. Robert called on the government to introduce a rural allowance for those posted to rural settlements, to prevent them from fleeing to the city centre.

USAID IHP Human Resources Advisor Dr. Bukar Largema also said that one of the factors that scares health workers away from accepting a job offer in the state is the weak incentive program. , compared to other states, hence the need for the government to improve in this area. direction.

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

Alhaji Babayo commended the state governor for approving the integration of 1,064 pre-service students into the state health workforce as part of efforts to address the issue.

(Reporting by Murtala Muhammad, editing by Tola Oguneye)

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