Yahaya orders suspension of 135 health workers for absenteeism

Gombe state governor, Inuwa Yahaya on Thursday order the salary suspension of 135 primary healthcare workers for being absent from work
Emeh Joy

The Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya on Thursday directed that the salaries of 135 members of the Primary Health Care Development Agency be suspended because of their absence from work.

Yahaya made his decision known after he received the report of the committee on the agency's staff verification exercise.

The committee which was led by the State Head of Service, Alhaji Bappayo Yahaya, was mandated to ascertain the number of staff on the payroll of the PHCDA.

The committee was also meant to determine the gap in human resources so that the state can effectively plan for staff recruitment, training, welfare and resource allocation for improvement of healthcare services.

Yahaya said, "About 4,304 primary health care staff members were verified across the state, out of which 135 personnel were found to be absent.

"Having studied the report, I hereby direct immediate suspension of the salaries of all the PHC staff who failed to physically appear before the verification committee.

"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".

Meanwhile, in related news, the Ministry of Health has disclosed that about 20 medical doctors on the government's payroll have not been at their duty posts for years.

The ministry said that the salaries of the said absentee doctors have been suspended so far. It added that a panel would be set up to investigate the matter with a view to finding out the root of the matter.

It further noted that those found wanting would be prosecuted and the salaries recovered.

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