Gombe boosts clinical services with 22 doctors

The Gombe state Commissioner of Health, Dr Habu Dahiru, has said that the state government has eliminated the era of scarcity of medical personnel in the state Specialist Hospital.

The commissioner said no fewer than 22 doctors have been harvested from the state university and they are set to benefit from the housemanship program of the government.

He stated this while presenting blocks of flats built by the government for the first set of beneficiaries.

He added that the program is an aftermath of Nigeria Medical and Dental Council approval for the training of house officers at the State Specialist Hospital.

Dahiru noted that aside from the 22 house officers, 30 other doctors were inherited from the National Youth Service Corps but were posted across cottage hospitals in the 11 local government areas of the state.

He said: “We were able to do attestation for 28 doctors, 22 are indigenous from Gombe state and they have reported to the Specialist Hospital to do their internship.

Each department will have a minimum of 5 additional doctors and that will be working 24/7. The era of when you come into the ward and they say there is no doctor is gone.”

The commissioner assured that the trainees would not be neglected to function without adequate supervision, adding that they are to be tutored by consultants while working.

“This is just the beginning. We have started harvesting. Every year we are going to harvest a minimum of 25 doctors.

‘’As a matter of fact, they are already on our payroll while they were in school. At the moment, there are some shortages in some hospitals due to retirement or attraction to other places. As we train others, some will come and others may go.’’

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