Birnin Kebbi - The Medical Director of
Sir Yahaya Specialist Hospital, Birnin Kebbi, Dr Jafar Augie, has decried the
shortage of manpower facing the hospital for the past 10 years.
Augie told newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Friday that one doctor
was taking care of 70,000 persons in the state.
He said manpower was one particular issue that needed
priority attention in health institutions in the state.
“We are not more than 200 health personnel in the hospital,
we have 34 resident doctors and 29 visiting. The Nurses are 128.
“The population of the state is about 3.6 million, if you
look at the ratio of this, it means a doctor will take care of 70,000 persons.
There has not been any recruitment since 2006 in the hospital,’’ he said.
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Augie said health personnel in the hospital were making
sacrifices as the hospital admitted 5,700 patients monthly despite the
inadequate number of staff.
“We have 91 surgical operations and 200 birth delivery
monthly. Our record shows 4 per cent mortality rate of all services we render
in the hospital,” he said.
He call on the state government to recruit new personnel in
“We are not unaware of the enormous challenges government is
facing but the issue of health needs to be given much consideration,’’ he said.