40 Midwives Deployed Across 114 Health Centres To Meet Shortfall In Gombe State
Written by Atang Precious on May 25, 2021
No fewer than 40 midwives have been deployed across the 114 Primary Health Centres in Gombe to augment the shortfall in the number of health care providers in the state.
Recall that the National Healthcare Insurance Scheme delegation recommended an increase in manpower in some facilities as the state plans the takeoff of formal sector contributory healthcare scheme in September.
Speaking on the readiness of insurance scheme in the state on Monday, Executive Secretary, Gombe State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency, Dr. Abubakar Musa, said the midwives’ deployment would help the state in attaining the universal health coverage.
Musa said, “The state government has started taking steps towards the issue of midwife shortage. About 40 midwives that graduated a couple of months ago have been posted to those primary healthcare centres as a result of observations raised by NHIS.
“The state Primary Healthcare Agency is planning to conduct recruitment to replace those who have retired and those who have died; and a memo has been raised to that effect.
“In the long term, the ministry of health is looking at expanding the training capacity of the school of nursing, college of medical sciences, as well as college of health technology to increase human resource generation capacity of the state.”
He revealed that both employers and employees would have to pay 3.5 percent to enjoy the scheme.
“Beginning from May, a 3.5 percent of workers’ salary should be deducted to fund the programme.
“The governor has also approved 3.5 percent for the same programme, meaning a total of seven percent of salaries are going to be pooled together to pay for the cost of healthcare of state government employees.
“The scheme is a 90-day waiting period. We are looking at employees and dependants to start accessing care from first week of September.
Each beneficiary is expected to register one spouse and four biological children, but if you have more children, you need to register them as additional dependants and contribute for them,” Musa added.
Also, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Habu Dahiru, said that, in an attempt to increase staff strength across the divide of health facilities in the state, government would maximise the services of fresh medical graduates.
“Already, Gombe State has been approved to conduct intensive training. Young doctors that have just graduated are now posted to Specialist Hospital Gombe to do internship for one year, and that will increase manpower.
“They were bonded because the state sponsored them and upon completion of programme are to be redeployed to the system. So, the manpower will increase gradually by the year as people graduate and those that retire or die will be replaced,” Dahiru said.
Explaining further, he said, “There are what you call basic requirements, meaning, for instance that in a hospital where child delivery would occur, a midwife will take charge and then laboratory and then clinical staff to do consultation, and so on.
“Basic staff handles basic treatments like malaria, etc. We don’t mean there must be consultants as we have in tertiary facilities where there are referrals for specialised treatment.
“When we refer to teaching hospital, same process applies.”