The Anambra State government says the Sixty newly recruited midwives under the Basic Health Care Provision Fund in are currently undergoing five-day training in Awka, organized by the Anambra State Primary Health Care Development Agency in collaboration with National Primary Health Care Development Agency.
Emmanuel Chigbata reports that while welcoming the participants, the Executive Secretary, Anambra State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Chioma Ezeyimulu announced that every ward in the state now has a functional primary health care centre and urged the participants to work in line with the principles of primary health care.
Revealing that the State now has three hundred and thirty- two wards being used under Basic Health Care Provision fund, Dr. Ezenyimulu stated that lack of skilled hands at the point of labour and childbirth contribute to a high percentage of maternal and infant mortality. She said that at the end of the workshop that the newly recruited midwives will be posted to various facilities to ensure skilled labour in the facilities while imploring the participants to give in their best throughout their stay in the workshop programme.
However In Kaduna State Government on Tuesday ordered the sack of nurses below level 14 for joining a strike called by the Nigeria Labour Congress and directed the state’s Ministry of Health to place advertisements for immediate recruitment of new nurses to replace those dismissed.
Recall that NLC began an industrial action in the state on Monday over the sack of over 7,000 civil servants in the state, a move rejected by the Governor Nasir El-Rufai administration. According to the government, the sack of public servants has become imperative due to dwindling financial resources and higher wage bills which have become unsustainable.
A Press statement signed by the spokesman to the Governor, Muyiwa Adekeye, on Tuesday said The Ministry of Health will dismiss all nurses below GL 14 for going on an unlawful strike, saying “Salaries that could have gone to them are to be given as extraordinary occupational allowances to the health workers who are at their duty posts to fill the gap of those absconding from duty. “The Ministry of Health has been directed to advertise vacancies for the immediate recruitment of new nurses to replace those dismissed.”