Bayelsa state government to localize employment of primary healthcare workers

Bayelsa State government says it would localize the employment of primary healthcare workers to address challenges bedeviling the sector.

State Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo stated this at a one-day workshop on the Status of Primary Healthcare Services organized by the government at Harold Dappa Biriye Conference Centre, Yenagoa.

He noted that government would first consider those working as volunteer primary healthcare providers and resident in various communities in the employment exercise about to kick off.

The Deputy Governor expressed optimism that the measure would also help to check absenteeism and improve service delivery in the health sector, noting that that the era of attaching sentiments to official duties were over.

Senator Ewhrudjakpo directed heads of department in the State Primary Healthcare Board to be alive to their responsibilities and effective in addressing truancy by staff of their respective health centers.

According to him, the workshop was organized to encourage community ownership of healthcare facilities domiciled in their areas and charged the State Local Government Service Commission and Primary Healthcare Board to perform their supervisory roles.

Noting that although funding was solely the responsibility of the local government system, Senator Ewhrudjakpo said government would continue to source mobilization and supervision to realize set objectives in healthcare delivery.

In an address, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Pabara Newton-Igwele thanked Bayelsa State government for organizing the workshop to tackle the multifaceted challenges in the health sector.

Dr. Newton-Igwele urged stakeholders to guide government to draw an effective, needs-driven policy framework to reposition the primary healthcare service delivery.

Highpoint of the workshop was the presentation of the status of human resources for health in the various LGAs by key resource persons in the Bayelsa State Taskforce on Immunization.