Kankara - The Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State on Wednesday said that it recruited one doctor and 85 auxiliary health workers to complement existing manpower needs in rural communities.
The council Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Lawal,said on Wednesday that the workers comprised of laboratory technologists, Community Health workers and others.
Lawal said the workers were placed on monthly stipends to supplement the existing 83 permanent workers and 150 workers engaged by state government to boost the health sector.
He added that the council also launched distribution of free drugs in 58 health facilities, stressing that the gesture was aimed at uplifting public health in the area.
According to him, the free drug scheme will be monitored by a committee that comprises of religious and traditional leaders, health workers and independent associations.
Lawal noted that a medical doctor was posted to Kankara township Primary Health care Centre to oversee patient wards, laboratory and consulting room constructions.
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He said ambulance, medical equipment and other medical items would be provided for smooth take off of clinics and health centres to complement the efforts of the state government’s general hospital.
In a another development, he enjoined people to reciprocate the council efforts on peace initiatives as the area experienced increased cases of rustling and other periodic restiveness.
He cautioned people against political restiveness, electioneering and election violence, stressing that strict measure were designed to safeguard people lives and property.
In a separate interview, the council’s Primary Health Care Coordinator, Alhaji Hussaini Auta, said measures were designed to ensure judicious administration of the drugs, and called on health workers to live up to the expectation.
Auta said the council chairman accorded priority to health sector, adding that adequate support had been provided for immunisation exercise and free treatment of vulnerable patients that needed specialised services.
He cautioned people against self-medication, enjoined them to access health facilities, and warned that health workers found wanting would be sanction accordingly.