Abuja - Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has warned against the indiscriminate recruitment of foreign doctors without adequate registration with the appropriate Nigerian supervisory agencies.
He said the state government would henceforth recruit foreign doctors only when it becomes absolutely necessary.
Tambuwal said the priority will be to recruit Nigerian doctors who he said are qualified and know the medical terrain well.
He thus warned foreign doctors working in the state to regularise their registration with the appropriate Nigerian supervisory agencies or risk losing their jobs.
He said this had become necessary to streamline the activities of all the foreign doctors and ensure they were qualified to practice in Nigeria.
Tambuwal said this while receiving members of the Sokoto State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in his office in Sokoto.
Meanwhile, the Sokoto governor said government would upgrade facilities at the State Specialist Hospital to enable it render residency services to medical students in the state.
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He also urged doctors to work with the government to professionalise the health sector in the state and promised to ensure that only qualified health personnel were in the employ of the government.
The governor meanwhile pleaded with the NMA to consider the precarious financial situation of the country in making demands for increased pay, saying government will consider cases based on merit.
Earlier the state NMA chairman, Dr Abdulgaffar Jimoh, urged the government to overhaul the health sector with a view to meeting the medical needs of the populace.
He lamented the low level of health personnel working in the state and urged the government to recruit more health workers to ease the burden on existing staff.
- CAJ News