The Bayelsa state executive council, over the weekend approved the employment of 65 medical personnel and setting up of a Direct Labour Agency (DLA) for the State.
While the 65 medical staff, made up of medical doctors, pharmacists and medical laboratory scientists, are expected to meet the manpower
needs in the health sector, the setting up of the Direct Labour Agency (DLA) direct labour units would undertake quick-win projects, as the measure would go a long way to empower youths as well as manage scarce resources.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Kojo Omietimi, who disclosed this, explained that, this was part of the resolutions of the 67th session of the Executive Council Meeting, in Government House, Yenagoa, pointing out that, the executive council has earmarked N11 million monthly for the payment of their salaries.
Dr. Omietimi, who joined the commissioner for Information and Orientation, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite and his counterparts in the ministries of Education, Lands and Survey and Housing Development in briefing newsmen, stated that, by the end of this month, arrangements would be concluded for the medical personnel to commence a one year internship.
He also announced that, Council approved the release of N150 million for the completion of the five referral hospitals in Sagbama, Kaiama, Ogbia, Oporoma and Ekeremor, which have attained various stages of completion.
According to him, the Council resolved that the hospital projects be completed, through direct labour, in view of the lean finances of the state occasioned by the shortfall in the federation allocation to states.
Dr. Omietimi, who noted that, the government approved funds for the procurement and installation of an incinerator at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri also gave approval for the purchase of a land ambulance to improve health service delivery.