In a bid to strengthen the healthcare sector and curb the brain drain of medical professionals, Kebbi State Governor, Nasir Idris, has announced significant measures, including an increase in allowances for medical students and a commitment to address the remuneration disparity among medical doctors.
Addressing concerns raised by the Commissioner for Health, Yunusa Isma’il, and the state chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Murtala Dandare, the governor expressed his determination to rectify the monumental disparity in the entry-level remuneration of medical doctors within the Kebbi state civil service.
During a dinner party organized for thirteen graduate medical doctors from Kebbi state, Governor Idris disclosed his administration’s immediate plan to absorb the newly graduated medical professionals into the workforce following the completion of their house internship and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) obligations.
In a move to alleviate financial burdens on medical students, he concurrently raised their allowances from thirty thousand to fifty thousand naira monthly.
He reiterated his commitment to the well-being of the populace, assuring that his administration would prioritize the rehabilitation of hospitals and the provision of essential medical equipment across the state.
Emphasizing that he would not compromise on the health sector, Governor Idris pledged to comprehensively address issues leading to the migration of doctors and ensure a conducive environment for healthcare professionals.
“I will address all areas making doctors run away. I will look into the issue of remunerations for doctors as required. I will do everything humanly possible to make them happy. I will not allow our hospitals to decay. I will provide the necessary structures and equipment,” Governor Idris affirmed.