Primary healthcare agency shortlists 5,300 for employment

Eme Offiong, Calabar

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More than 5,000 Nigerians have been short-listed for the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Agency’s employment interview.

Dr. Betta Edu, the Director General of the agency, disclosed to newsmen in Calabar, the state capital that of the number, only one thousand medical professionals were needed for employment at all its primary healthcare facilities.

Edu, who was alarmed by the level of unemployment in the country, said “when we launched our website, a total of 7,500 Nigerians applied for different positions. Fortunately, during sorting, we found applications from architects, accountants, who applied as medical professional. This only that there are no jobs and people need to work”.  

Universal Coverage

The Director General of the agency said the approval to employ medical professionals was to achieve universal health coverage, which required effective primary healthcare delivery system.

“Nigeria and indeed Cross River State, is committed to achieving universal health coverage. We cannot achieve this without the human resources, the manpower on the field to deliver quality healthcare services to our people”, stated Edu.

According to Edu, “one of the challenges we face today is that we have paucity of healthcare professionals across the State. We need healthcare professionals across all 13 cadres and these include the doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, pharmacist and others to boost the sector”.

She said at the end of the exercise, successful persons would be posted to any of the 423 hard to reach communities in Cross River State.

“We have 423 hard to reach areas in Cross River State, where we need to ensure that the people get access to affordable medical care. We are committed to employ qualified hands on merit, which would be posted to those places and be given special incentives known as ‘rural allowance’,” stated expained.

The 5,300 shortlisted candidates would be examined on March 16 and successful persons given postings within one month.

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