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FG, Sokoto Govt Seal Pact On Use Of Federal Doctors | The Precision

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The
Federal and Sokoto State Governments have signed an agreement to deploy
health consultants and resident doctors of the Usmanu Danfodio
University Teaching Hospital Sokoto (UDUTH) to state health facilities
so as so expand access of professional personnel to rural areas across
the state.

The
agreement was signed by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Minister of
Health, Professor Isaac F. Adewole, at the Minister’s office in Abuja.
A
statement issued in Sokoto by Tambuwal’s spokesman, Malam Imam Imam,
said the strategic partnership, the first of its kind Nigeria, will boost healthcare delivery and provide avenue for training of health personne at state government hospitals.

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“With
100 consultants and 30 professors of medicine in its employ, UDUTH will
deploy them to state government health facilities cross the state while
Sokoto government and FG share the burden of their entitlements for the
period they are at work with us.
“Basically, the agreement boarders on five thematic areas. One,
the Teaching Hospital would deploy consultants to cover three
state-owned hospitals within Sokoto metropolis while the state would pay
certain remunerations to the consultants.
“Two, the
teaching hospital would assign resident doctors to six general
hospitals in the state, two resident doctors will be assigned to each of
the three senatorial district in the state. Three, the resident doctors would then be supervised by consultants.
“Four, the
state will deploy staff of the Teaching Hospital for its outreach
programs and in turn, it will share share the cost of such outreaches
with the Federal Government.
“Finally,
the agreement covers ambulance service programme whereby the state
would provide ambulances at major entry and exit points of Sokoto, while
the FG would provide personnel who will provide emergency services,”
the statement added.

The
statement said said the ambulances to be provided was aimed at reducing
mortality at various scenes of accidents in the state.

At
the signing of the MoU, Governor Tambuwal and the Health Minister
commended the state government for the innovation that was geared
towards better and enhanced quality healthcare delivery in the state.
Adewole
recalled that he attempted a similar initiative in 2002 while at the
University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, but the effort was not
successful.

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The
two leaders reiterated the commitment of the present administration to
provide quality healthcare services to all Nigerians in a bid to achieve
the universal coverage in the sector.

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