Sokoto State governor, Honourable Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has urged foreign doctors in the state to regularise their registration with the appropriate professional agencies or be sacked.
The governor made the call recently when he received members of the Sokoto State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, in his office.
He also said that henceforth, the state government would recruit foreign doctors only when it became absolutely necessary, adding that “priority will be given to Nigerian doctors who are qualified and know the medical terrain well.”
He emphasised that foreign doctors regularising with indigenous professional bodies “becomes necessary in order to streamline the activities of all the foreign doctors and ensure they are qualified to practise in Nigeria.”
Tambuwal said the government would upgrade facilities at the state specialist hospital to enable it render services to medical students in the state.
Urging the doctors to work with the government to professionalise the health sector, the governor promised to ensure that only qualified health personnel were in the employ of the government.
He pleaded with the NMA to consider the precarious financial situation in the country while making demands for increased pay, saying government would consider cases based on merit.
NMA state chairman, Dr. Abdulgaffar Jimoh earlier urged the government to overhaul the entire health sector with a view to meeting the medical needs of the populace, while lamenting the low level of health personnel working in the state and urged the government to recruit more health workers to ease the burden on existing staff.

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