The Yobe State Government on Wednesday said it had declared a state of emergency in the health sector to improve health care delivery and reduce medical tourism outside the state.
The state Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Kaigama Umar, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Damaturu.
Kaigama, who is supervising the state Ministry of Health, said government had begun structural rehabilitation of hospitals across the state.
He said government would provide additional equipment and working materials to health institutions across the state.
“We are also employing more doctors and medical staff to boost the manpower in the hospitals. Currently, we have 57 doctors, comprising 29 indigenous doctors,” he said.
He said government would also provide automatic employment, with good welfare package, to doctors taking appointments in the state.
“The emergency is targeted at improving the health sector because government spends so much on payment of referral cases. Just last week, we paid N18m for cases referred to Kano, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, among others,” he said.