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FG recruits 2,497 healthcare professionals to address attrition gaps – Minister of Health



Prof. Muhammad Ali Pate

The Coordinating minister of Health and Social Welfare, Muhammad Ali Pate, has announced that the federal government recruited 2,497 doctors, midwives/nurses, and community health workers (CHEWs), in the last six months to address gaps due to attrition.

This announcement was made in a Ministerial Press Briefing held at Radio House, Abuja, on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, where Prof. Pate highlighted the substantial progress made in advancing the health sector since May 2023.

Emphasizing the administration’s commitment to healthcare accessibility, affordability, and quality, the minister outlined key achievements.

According to the health minister, the administration has prioritized the revitalization of primary healthcare facilities nationwide, focusing on adequate equipment and staffing.

The administration has made significant strides in expanding health insurance coverage, recognizing financial barriers as deterrents to seeking medical care.

About 750,000 more Nigerians have been enrolled in health insurance since the beginning of the administration, emphasizing a commitment to providing quality health access through the Vulnerable Group Fund and the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF).

The commitment to immunization has yielded remarkable results in protecting the population from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Robust vaccination campaigns and outreach programs have sustained immunization coverage nationwide, with over 5 million children immunized with the Penta vaccine and 10 million with Td vaccines since the inception of the diphtheria response.