We employ NYSC doctors - Kogi Govt

As the strike by doctors in Kogi State continues, the Kogi state government has said it has no option than to engage the services of serving National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) doctors as palliative measure.
The Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Haruna, who stated this yesterday, claimed that the industrial action by the medical doctors was political.
Dr. Haruna said the corps doctors were the qualified alternatives to save lives, pending when the striking doctors will make up their minds to see reasons with government and return to work.
He said,
"The striking medical doctors are not helping matters, as they continue to make unrealistic demands beyond the reach of government. They should see their services as humanitarian".
Dr. Haruna, However, pointed out that the state government's health intervention scheme was put in place by the governor to cater for the poor and vulnerable in the state, stressing that 50,000 indigent patients had so far benefited from the free medical outreach under the scheme.

The commissioner also disclosed that 580Million Naira was spent on procurement of medical equipment and drugs for five zonal hospitals across the state in the last two years.

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