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Federal Government Addresses Healthcare Manpower Shortage with Recruitment Drive

In response to the critical shortage of healthcare professionals in Nigeria, the Federal Government has taken significant steps to bolster the workforce in the health sector.

Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Alli Pate, revealed that in the past six months, a total of 2,497 doctors, midwives, nurses, and Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) have been recruited.

Prof. Pate made this disclosure during the third edition of the ministerial press briefing series organized by the Ministry of Information in Abuja.

The acute shortage of healthcare professionals in Nigeria has been exacerbated by factors such as poor remuneration, rising insecurity, inadequate facilities, and unfavorable working conditions.

The country has witnessed a significant brain drain, with many medical practitioners seeking better opportunities abroad.

Despite these challenges, Prof. Pate highlighted the government’s commitment to improving healthcare accessibility, affordability, and quality.

Notably, efforts have been directed towards revitalizing primary healthcare facilities, ensuring they are well-equipped and staffed to deliver essential services, particularly in rural and underserved areas.

As a result of these initiatives, there has been a notable increase in the proportion of women attending antenatal care, contributing to improved maternal and child health outcomes.

Additionally, the recruitment drive has led to an expansion of skilled birth attendants in health facilities, significantly enhancing delivery services.

Furthermore, the Federal Government announced plans to release N50 billion as the first tranche of the Basic Healthcare Fund, doubling the allocation from the previous year.

This injection of funds will provide a much-needed boost to primary healthcare facilities, ensuring quality care is accessible to all citizens.

The recruitment of healthcare professionals and increased investment in healthcare infrastructure underscore the government’s commitment to addressing the challenges facing the health sector.

By prioritizing manpower development and infrastructure enhancement, the government aims to improve healthcare delivery and ultimately enhance the well-being of Nigerians across the country.

 

 

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