FG plans N50bn boost for healthcare, recruits 2,497 personnel


The Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Ali Pate, on Wednesday, said the Federal Government had recruited 2,497 doctors, midwives, nurses, and community health extension workers in the last six months to bridge the manpower shortage in the health sector.

He also disclosed the plan by the Federal Government to inject N50bn into the primary healthcare sector.

Pate spoke at the third edition of the ministerial press briefing series initiated by the Ministry of Information in Abuja.

The briefing series was initiated to provide a platform for public officials to reel out their achievements and apprise Nigerians of the challenges of governance.

The Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria also stated that nine out of every 10 medical and dental consultants were leaving the country.

Poor remuneration, rising insecurity, inadequate diagnostic facilities, unconducive work conditions and economic conditions are some of the reasons for the mass exodus.

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