Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has granted express approval to the Governing Boards of Kogi State Hospitals Management Board (KSHMB) and Kogi State Specialist Hospital, Lokoja (KSSHL) to recruit more doctors into hospitals in the state
Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr Haruna Saka disclosed this while reacting to the exit of some doctors from the state
service over the past three years as recently hinted by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in the state.
He said Doctors that left in recent times left because they were
able to secure post graduate training in FG teaching hospitals and bulk of them were those we recently employed.
“Majority of them had passed the primary examination of the
National Postgraduate Medical College and West African
Postgraduate College. So ab initio we never expected them to stay for long before commencing their training”. Dr Saka said, “It has been a recurring trend to see Doctors leave State Service once Federal Government opportunity present itself such as lift of ban on employment of Resident Doctors. Doctors who have intention of undergoing postgraduate training usually migrate towards Federal Service because till date, only very few states have the capacity to train Resident Doctors. To make working condition conducive for doctors working in Kogi State, the state government has taken further measures by giving approval to the State Specialist Hospital to commence internship training for doctors and also to acquire capacity to train Resident Doctors with immediate effect.
The governor had also granted welfare packages to such new doctors “including interest free loan facilities to help them
acclimatize when they come in. The governor also granted approval for an arrangement where doctors in Federal institutions in the state also work in state owned facilities that are understaffed.