Jigawa approves employment of 1,124 casual health workers

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The Jigawa State Government has approved the recruitment of 1,124 health workers previously engaged as casual workers under its J-Health programme.

This is contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Youths, Sports, and Culture, Alhaji Sagir Musa, on Friday in Dutse.

According to Musa, the State Executive Council approved the exercise during its meeting on Thursday.

“The SEC has, on Thursday, November 30, 2023, deliberated and approved the employment of 1,124 health workers (J-Health) in permanent and pensionable engagements.”

Musa said the approval is in line with the Governor Umar Namadi administration’s commitment to enhance access to affordable healthcare services across the state.

He said the council also approved N959.2m for salaries and allowances’ payment for the 1,124 health workers.

He said they include the 924 J-Health workers: 200 medical personnel, 40 medical doctors, 30 pharmacists, and 20 nurses.

He said other beneficiaries include 20 biological lab scientists, 15 community health workers, 10 dental therapists, 10 physiotherapists, five medical imaging specialists, 40 certified nurses, and midwives.

Others include 10 science laboratory technicians and other relevant fields to be deployed to the 281 primary health facilities across the state.

“The confirmation of the 924 J-Health ad hoc status is, however, subject to examination to be conducted by the state Ministry of Health.

“The council also approved the engagement of 1,000 indigenes that studied health-related courses into the J-Health scheme to replace those that gained permanent employment.”

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