As measure to increase the number of medical doctors serving the state, Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar says Bauchi state will soon take legal action against all medical doctors who undertook their medical training on bond without returning to serve the bonds.
A statement signed by Press Secretary to the Governor, Abubakar Al-Sadique says the Governor made the statement, Tuesday, while receiving the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, which paid him a courtesy visit as part of events marking this year’s World Malaria Day.
The governor lamented that lean public resources were used to train doctors, most of whom are from poor families, but lamented that many have left without serving out their bonds, a reason which he said contributed to the paucity of qualified manpower to serve the increasing population of the state.
While explaining that healthcare has been a focal point of his administration, which results in the allocation of over 15 percent of what was agreed in the Abuja declaration, the governor revealed that plans are underway to pay medical and health workers emoluments that will not only retain them in the state, but attract others from neighboring states.
“We are in the process of creating an agency that will be saddled with the responsibility of promoting hygiene and environmental sanitation, just as we empaneled a committee for the re-establishment of drainages in the state capital all of which targets to prevent the prevalence of malaria,” the governor said.
The statement explained that since the assumption of office of Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, the focus of Bauchi state government has been on preventive health, which has resulted in the construction of 19 primary healthcare centres in order to eliminate preventive diseases like malaria fever.
Earlier, chairman of the NMA, Dr Abdullahi Sani Giade said the World Malaria Day is being marked to sensitise the public on the dangers pose by malaria, especially to the people of Third World countries.
Dr. Giade, while revealing that sixty percent of deaths of children under the age of five in hospitals result from malaria, said the disease claims one life every two minutes.
He commended the governor for several critical interventions in the health sector, particularly allocating over fifteen percent of the entire state’s appropriation since he took over power in 2015 to the sector.