The Cross River Primary Healthcare Development Agency has successfully shortlisted 5,300 applicants for 1,000 primary healthcare jobs advertised by the agency in January.
The Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu made this known during a media briefing on Wednesday with press men in Calabar.
Dr Edu lauded the State Governor, Senator Prof Ben Ayade for his timely approval and energetic drive towards increasing workforce in the state by employment of 1000 health personnel for Primary Healthcare.
According to her, the screening examination will commence on 16th March across three centres in the state namely, West African People’s Institute (WAPI) for applicants from Southern Cross River State, Government Secondary School (GOVISCO), Ikom for applicants from Central Senatorial district while applicants from Northern Cross River State will write the exams at Government Technical College, Ogoja.
According to the release 7,500 applicants had applied for various cadres of jobs in the health sector, adding that 5,300 were shortlisted after thorough screening.
Edu said after the screening examination successful candidates would go for interviews and get their appointment letters within one month after the test based on merit.
She added that 7,500 applications were recieved in all Some were architects, accountants and engineers also appling for the primary healthcare jobs.
She noted that Government has implemented incentives to health workers serving in the rural areas to encourage and appreciate their services in spite of the challenges even as she mentioned that hardworking health workers in the rural areas who have distinguished themselves in service to humanity will also be rewarded specially.
Dr Edu said about 90 per cent of health centres in the state have been renovated and upgraded to deliver efficient and effective healthcare services to the people at an affordable rate by the Governor Ben Ayade administration. She warned members of public not to fall in to any scam of paying anyone money for any job placement as it will be strictly on merit!
She called on all applicants to avail themselves at the examination venue following notification.