Nasarawa State Government has announced plans to introduce a special scholarship scheme, for indigenes of the state studying medicine, nursing and midwifery.
The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon. Dogo Shammah, disclosed this while briefing journalists shortly after the monthly state executive council meeting, on Friday.
Briefing newsmen on the resolutions taken by the council at the meeting, Hon. Shammah, said the special scholarship scheme to be introduced, will seek to encourage indigenes to take to studying medicine, nursing and midwifery, in order to reduce cases of inadequate personnel in the state’s health sector.
This was just as the state government ordered medical doctors on its pay rolls to shut down their private clinics.
While throwing more light on the order, State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Professor Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana, explained that the state executive council, has endorsed the resolution of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, called on all doctors in government employ, who own and manage private clinics and hospitals, to close their clinics in order to concentrate on the government hospitals where they earn salaries.
“This is to avoid a scenario where government employed doctors divert patients to their private clinics for other financial considerations,” the council stated.