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Kano denies employing 100 foreign doctors

04 October 2013, 16:35

Kano -  The Kano State Government on Friday denied reports that it had employed 100 medical doctors from Egypt with plans to pay them 10 times more than it is paying indigenous doctors.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Abubakar Labaran denied the claim while briefing newsmen on Friday in Kano.

"The ministry of health hereby states that the information is totally misleading and unrealistic.

"The ministry is highly surprised as to where and how the Nigeria Medical Association got its information.

"The association has not at any time contacted the ministry or its agencies to either get or corroborate such information before going to the media’’, he said.

He, however, explained that the government was at liberty to employ doctors as there was no law preventing it from doing so.

According to him, Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso has lifted the embargo on the employment of health care professionals, especially doctors, nurses, midwives and pharmacists.

He said the state has established three new schools and sponsored some students abroad to study medicine and pharmacy as part of efforts to meet the manpower needs of the health sector.

-  NAN

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