Flood: Adamawa to recruit 600 medical staff as health workers travel on canoes

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The Adamawa State Primary Health Care Agency (ADSPHCA) said it would recruit about 600 health care workers. The agency’s executive chairman, Dr. Sulaiman Saidu, said it had won approval to recruit an additional 600 people to deal with labor challenges while sounding alarm that flooded communities are at risk of a cholera outbreak.

Additionally, the agency decried that the current flooding situation in the state makes it difficult for health workers to reach submerged communities.

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It was collected that the flooding killed at least 17 people and displaced thousands of people in the state.

Speaking to Daily Trust in Yola, the agency’s executive chairman, Dr. Sulaiman Saidu, said they had secured approval to recruit an additional 600 people to deal with the workforce challenges while raising the alarm that flooded communities risk triggering the cholera epidemic.

Saidu disclosed that the agency, on the directive of the state governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, had to repair boreholes in some of the affected communities where people were drinking water contaminated with human faeces to prevent the occurrence of waterborne diseases.

“You pay people for four days and the business had to stop (due to flooding) until normalcy returns after three or four days. For example, people covering some of these areas in Mburu have to hire canoes and we hadn’t anticipated that,” he said.

Dr. Saidu noted that the Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination (MNTE) campaign targeting 28,000 women in Numan region of the state achieved 62% success in just three days.

Other campaigns include the Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention which has just ended and the Outbreak Response (OBR) scheduled for this month.

He praised the dedication of health workers; some of them risked their lives to travel in canoes through the flooded areas, saying more than 600 of them had been promoted in February and those due for promotion would be placed on their proper level in December.

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