Bauchi State Commissioner for Health, Dr Halima Mukkadas has revealed that about 2000 skilled health workers out of the 4000 trained by the State government have absconded.
Dr Mukkadas disclosed this while answering questions from Journalists during a one day Journalist’s Round Table organsanized by the Bauchi State Accountability mechanism for maternal and Newborn health on Bauchi state’s 2015 Health Budget scorecard held at the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, secretariat Bauchi.
She said,”the 4,000 that were sponsored by the government were under a bond to serve the state after graduation and were also given automatic employment after the training but unfortunately 2,000 of them absconded without serving out their bond with the state government”.
Dr Mukkadas also disclosed that the State is among the six states in the North East that will benefit from the N125m dollar Word Bank health Credit facility over the period of five years.
She said that states that will benefit from the credit facility are Yobe, Borno, Adamawa, Bauchi, Taraba and Gombe adding that Yobe and Borno will get the lion’s share while Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba will get the least adding that the state will get N24m dollars, adding that the funds will be channel directly to the hospitals.
According to her,”the disbursement of the funds will be based on the performance of each hospital. The government will have minimal interference on the disbursement.
“Bauchi is currently hosting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Borno and Yobe affected by insurgents and because the health facility in the state is overstretched so we need the funds to be able to build more health facilities across the state.
“Where we established, there are 10,000 people in a community without health facility they will build one for them and at the moment we have 1,077 primary health care centres across the state”.
In her address, the secretary of Bauchi state Accountability Mechanism for Maternal and Newborn Health, Bulak Afsa, called on the state government to always publish budget Information on time as well as ensure the timely release of funds budgeted for capital projects.
She also enjoined the state government to ensure prompt release of funds of over 70 percent as well as adequate budget allocation to the health sector.