From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
As striking medical doctors with the Kogi state government remained adamant to call- off its two months strike, the state government says it has no option than to engage the services of National Youth Corps Doctors as palliative measure.
The state commissioner of health Dr Saka Haruna Audu stated this while responding to journalists question on the development during the Ministerial press briefing held at the NUJ press centre in Lokoja on Tuesday.
He said the corp doctors are qualified to be used as an alternative to save life, pending when the striking substantive doctors would make up their minds to see reasons with government why they should return to work.
The commissioner however, explained that the corp doctors would operate strictly under the supervision of Medical Consultants in their respective hospitals.
He said that the striking medical doctors are not helping matters as they continue to make unrealistic demands beyond the reach of government advising that they should see their services as that of humanitarian.
He said his Ministry within the period under review recruited two thousand health care professionals and workers such as Consultants, Doctors, Pharmacists, Nurses and Medical Laboratory Technicians to boost effective health care delivery service in the state.
He said government had also lived up to its obligation in the payment of its counterparts funds worth millions of Naira to attract donations from the international donor agencies in the health sub-sector.
Dr Audu noted that Bello Health Intervention Scheme was put in place by the present administration in the state to carter for the poor and vulnerable in the state.
He said that fifty thousand indigent patients have so far benefited from the Free medical outreach under the scheme.
The commissioner also disclosed that N580 million was spent on procurement of medical equipment and drugs for five zonal hospitals across the state in the last two years.