By Murtala Muhammad
USAID funded Health Workforce Management (HWM) and Integrated Health Program (IHP) have attributed poor salaries and other welfare packages to reasons behind inadequate health workers in Bauchi State.
They gave the indication in Bauchi at an event to commemorate this year’s World Health Workers Week with the theme: Build Back The Health Workforce Better.
The State Coordinator USAID HWM, Mr. Bature Robert who said inadequate frontline health workers especially in rural facilities was a huge challenge that must be addressed by government, stressed the need for more manpower to ensure optimum healthcare service delivery.
Mr. Robert called on the government to introduce rural allowance for those posted to rural facilities, to prevent them from either running away or relocating to the city centre.
On his part, the USAID IHP, Human Resource Advisor, Dr. Bukar Largema said one of the factors pushing away health workers from accepting employment offer in the state was poor incentive, hence the need for the government to improve its package in tandem with other states.
The State Commissioner of Health, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Alhaji Ali Babayo reassured the state government’s commitment to recruit additional health workers to fill the existing gap in the sector.
Alhaji Ali Babayo commended the state Governor for approving the absorption of 1064 Pre-service Students into the state health workforce as part of efforts to address the problems.