Oyo State Government has said it will employ 1000 more health workers to restore the state’s health sector to the glory of the old Western Region.
During a ministerial briefing in Ibadan on Tuesday, the Chairman of the State Hospital Management Board, Alh. Olayide Abass, said the health system inherited by the Abiola Ajimobi administration was inadequate.
He said the recruitment would enable the state to fully utilise available facilities and train specialists in accredited medical areas.
Abass said, “The issue of health workers shortage has been addressed by the governor. The process has started and the effect will begin to be seen in hospitals across the state soon.
“Shortage of drugs is a problem that no longer features in our health system too. We are undertaking renovations of other hospitals that need attention.”
Concerning the issue of power supply to hospitals, he said even though health facilities in the state had been relying on generators at huge cost, plans were being made to address the problem.
He hinted that the state government paid the sum of N4.2bn as salaries and allowance to health workers and other staffers between June 2011 and June 2012.
Abass said, “The administration at its inception inherited a workforce that was on strike, an action that paralysed the health sector.
“The approval of 80 per cent implementation of the consolidated medical salary scale by this government was able to arrest the situation.”