Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State has approved automatic recruitment for 37 midwives of set 2 of the Shehu Sule College of Nursing and Midwifery, Damaturu into the state’s healthcare service.
The approval was contained in a statement by the Director-General, Media Affairs of the Government House, Abdullahi Bego, who quoted the governor while delivering a speech during the graduation ceremony of the 37 midwives in Damaturu, the state capital.
According to Mr Bego, the governor also raised the monthly allowances of student nurses and midwives of the institution by a 100 percent.
The governor urged the graduating students to be guided by their code of practice and the lessons they learnt at the College, saying the state’s healthcare sector needs their services.
“As you step out of this institution to join our healthcare workforce, I want all of you to remember the lessons you have learnt here – that as midwives, your job would be critical to saving lives, preventing maternal and child mortality and improving the health of women and children across the state.
“You should, therefore, do your jobs with professionalism and with patience because our healthcare system needs you,” he said.
The governor also revealed that a two-storey, 200-bed-capacity hostel and two additional classrooms and offices would be built for students of the college.
He added that of the 3600 housing units to be built in the state soon, some would be allocated to the staff of the institution to address their accommodation problems.
Mr Buni assured that the state government would continue to ensure free maternal and child healthcare, regular supply of drugs and consumables to hospitals, adding that the government would support all the primary healthcare facilities in the state.
The governor thanked the state’s healthcare development partners, including the Women for Health, W4H, Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative, PCNI, and the British Department for International Development, DFID, amongst others.
“We appreciate your support. We are grateful to you and we look forward to strengthening our partnership with you so that together, we can achieve universal healthcare for all,” he said.