Federal Government To Increase Wages Of Health Workers

In a positive development for the Nigerian healthcare sector, the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Professor Ali Pate, has announced plans for an impending adjustment to the wages of health professionals in the country.

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Speaking on a special program on Channels Television marking President Bola Tinubu’s first year in office, Minister Pate provided a glimmer of hope for the long-suffering healthcare workforce. Health workers in Nigeria have frequently protested their low wages and poor working conditions, leading to multiple strikes and contributing to instability within the sector.

This has exacerbated the brain drain, as many skilled professionals have relocated abroad in search of better opportunities. However, Minister Pate indicated that the government is set to make significant changes to the compensation framework for these critical workers.

“We should expect an adjustment in the context of compensation for workers in Nigeria,” stated Pate during the interview, hinting at imminent wage revisions that could potentially reverse the trend of dissatisfaction among health workers.

In addition to the impending wage adjustments, the Minister highlighted several other policy measures the Tinubu administration has implemented to address the challenges in the health sector. These include doubling the quota for training health workers, which is expected to bolster the workforce in the coming years and improve healthcare delivery across the nation.

Furthermore, the government has made strides in recruitment, deploying 2,497 nurses, midwives, and doctors to primary healthcare centres within the past year. Pate also touched on the encouraging trend of Nigerian medical professionals returning from abroad to contribute to the healthcare landscape at home.

The Minister acknowledged that the challenge of maintaining a robust healthcare workforce is not unique to Nigeria, citing similar issues in countries like the United Kingdom and the United States. However, the government’s commitment to addressing the compensation and training of health workers suggests a concerted effort to revitalize the sector and retain valuable medical professionals.

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