Katsina blames dearth of doctors on insecurity in the North

Kabir Dara, General Manager, Katsina State Hospitals Management Board, has blamed the dearth of medical doctors in the state on the insecurity in Northern Nigeria.

Mr. Dara made the statement while answering questions from newsmen in Katsina on Tuesday, stressing that the present insecurity in the north had forced many non-indigenous doctors to leave.

“You all know in the north there is this general notion of insecurity and this situation has driven away most doctors who are not indigenes.

“He limited number of doctors is not peculiar to Katsina State as it applies to Kaduna, Zamfara and all the northern states,” he said.

The manager said another factor responsible for the dearth of doctors in the state was the disengagement from the service by indigenous doctors for other places.

The manager said the state government had instituted a medical students scheme to produce indigenes who would work in state hospitals.

He said under the programme, the government was sponsoring 222 medical students in various universities in Nigeria.

He said the medical students had entered into a bond to work in the state after their studies.

Meanwhile, Mr. Dara said efforts were being made to retain the 154 doctors currently in the state service.

The state chapter of Nigerian Medical Association last week gave a three-week ultimatum to the state government to address the deteriorating healthcare system and dearth of medical personnel in the state.

 

 


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  • Oruwari Abbey

    The real issue of the dearth of Medical Doctors in Katsina and most of the Northern States goes beyond the insecurity in the Northern States now,it has been in existence for decades before the upsurge of the present insecurity situation we have found ourselves.The real cause of the is the discrimination in employment offers given to non indigenous Doctors employed in the various states of the North.
    A situation where citizens of a country with the same qualification are given different condition of service in the same Government institution,indigenous Doctors are employed with offers as permanent personable civil servants with all rights and privileges attached to the job while non indigenous Doctors are employed as labourers on temporary basis without pension and rights of a worker as indigenous Doctors.
    There is a clause in the contract of employment for non indigenous Doctors which states that the State Government can terminate the employment of the Doctor at any time by giving a notice to the employee in a month in advance or payment of a month salary in lieu of notice.
    This platform creates a sense of discrimination which most non indigenous Doctors see as not pursing a career in the Northern states and see themselves as slaves to be used and dumped at any time.This is the major reason why the do not stay in the service of the respective Northern States.