*directs agency to address issues of pending promotions
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has formally received the report of the committee on Primary Health Care Development Agency staff verification exercise.
This was made known in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Ismaila Uba Misilli.
The committee, headed by the state Head of Civil Service, Alhaji Bappayo Yahaya was mandated by the Governor to ascertain the precise number of the staff on the payroll of the PHCDA as well as determine the gap in human resources to enable government plan for staff recruitment, training, welfare and resource allocation for improved healthcare services.
After weeks of the committee’s engagement, the report revealed that about 4,304 primary health care staff were verified across the state out of which 135 personnel were found to be absent.
Having studied the document submitted by the committee, the Governor directed immediate suspension of the salaries of all PHC staff who failed to physically appear before the verification committee.
He also directed that all PHC staff with non relevant qualifications be transferred out of the agency and payroll to other departments where their qualifications are needed within their respective local government areas.
The state Governor also directed the agency and its governing council to ensure that issues of PHC staff with pending promotions across the 11 LGAs are immediately addressed.
Meanwhile, the state ministry of health has disclosed that about 20 medical doctors on government’s payroll were not at their duty posts for a very long time and in some instances for years.
The ministry said while the salaries of the said absentee medical doctors have so far been suspended, a panel will be set up to investigate the matter with a view to probing the root cause of their absence from duty and those found wanting will be prosecuted and the salaries paid recovered.