Katsina - Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has said his administration would review downward the salary of health personnel in the state.
He said this when he received the Emir of Daura, Umar Farouk on Thursday in Katsina.
Masari said that the salary of health personnel in the state was one of the serious problems of the health sector, noting that the review was based on the current financial situation of the state.
The governor said that the monthly salary of a qualified medical doctor was N850,000, while a diploma holder from health technology received about N200 000 per month.
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He said he was planning to meet with stakeholders in the health sector to discuss the issue, adding that "one has to cut his or her expenditure according to what is in the pocket.’’
Masari then announced the state government’s intention to commence the renovation of hospitals in the state, saying three general hospitals would be refurbished in each of the three senatorial zones of the state.
The governor said the renovation was based on the deplorable conditions of the hospitals, noting that the selected hospitals would be equipped with necessary medical facilities and personnel.
He added that his administration gave education top priority and needed about N45 billion for renovation and provision of teaching materials to some schools across the state.
He said the state government had set up three committees to commence renovation of 12 primary and secondary schools from each senatorial zone.
He then urged parents, corporate organisations and wealthy individuals to complement government’s efforts in reviving the education sector in the state.