Jang directs health ministry to recruit 240 medical personnel in Plateau

Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State has directed the health ministry in the state to immediately recruit 40 medical doctors and 200 nurses for the state hospitals.
The Commissioner for Information, Abraham Yiljap, told newsmen on Thursday in Jos that the measure is aimed at improving the health needs of the citizens.
“The governor has directed the immediate employment of 40 medical doctors and 200 nurses for immediate intervention in the health sector,” he said. “Government has also directed the immediate renovation of the Plateau Specialist Hospital in order to raise it to the status of a referral hospital.”
Mr. Yiljap explained that two other referral hospitals would be established in each senatorial district in the state.
“The plan of government is to ensure that each of the 17 Local Government Areas had at least a 60-bed hospital by 2015. So the citizens can look forward to an improvement in health facilities,” the commissioner said.
Also contributing, the Commissioner for Environment, Sarah Yusuf, said that the state government has approved the purchase of four waste disposal vehicles at the cost of N199 million.
Mrs. Yusuf said that citizens would witness remarkable improvement in waste evacuation in Jos and its environs with the approval of the purchase of the trucks.
She explained that the government was concerned about the high cost of waste evacuation and management in the city and was adopting a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
Mrs. Yusuf urged the outfits with interest in waste management to apply to the Ministry of Environment.
According to her, the state government has already called on banks and other organisations to show interest in the new arrangement so as to have a clean, healthy and green environment.
Mrs. Yusuf also said that government has banned farming within residential and work areas in the interest of the health of members of the public.

“Because of pollution and the risk to human health, associated with poultry farming, government has banned poultry farms within residential areas. Poultry farms should be outside residential areas,” she said.


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