Katsina State government is to commence recruitment of 400 doctors and nurses to improve services at twenty government owned general hospitals.
The state commissioner of health, Hajiya Mariatu Bala Usman revealed this yesterday to journalists at NUJ media chat in Katsina.
Mrs. Usman explained that the state was seriously faced with lack of doctors and nurses due to neglect of the health sector by previous administrations.
She said presently only 121 doctors are on government payroll, pointing out that the number was inadequate to provide health services at government-owned hospitals.
Mrs. Usman said to address shortage of manpower at hospitals, government would provide modern facilities and recruit qualified lectures at Kankia school of health technology and school of nursing and midwifery for the training of health personnel.
She further said government had released N2.5 billion fund for renovation of three general hospitals at Daura, Funtua and Katsina and would be provided with modern facilities.
Mrs. Usman assured that the state government would renovate all the twenty government owned general hospitals in view of their deplorable condition.
On the sales of expired drugs by unregistered chemists, she said the ministry was working with secondary agents and NDLEA to address the problem.
Mrs. Usman explained that a standing committee was set up to monitor sales of expired drugs and close down any chemist found selling expired drugs.

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