C’River State Govt Begins Employment Of 1000 Health Workers


Following the approval granted by Governor Ben Ayade, the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, is set to employ 1000 health workers as it has fixed Saturday, 16th March, 2019 for written examination for all shortlisted applicants.
The Director General of the Agency, Dr. Betta Edu made this known at her office while briefing the press on the development made so far regarding the recruitment exercise.
Edu who hinted that the state government was in dire need of qualified health personnel across the state, especially in the hard to reach areas, said the recruitment of 1000 staff would boost the state’s determination to achieve universal health coverage.
Lauding Governor Ben Ayade’s achievements in the health sector, Dr. Edu said the recently launched Health Insurance Scheme can only be sustained through adequate manpower in the various health facilities.
Gov. Ayade’s policy of industrialization is targeted at curbing unemployment rate in the state as this would create opportunities for unemployed youths in the state.
Speaking on the employment of PHC workers, she explained that the written examination will hold simultaneously across the three senatorial districts on Saturday March 16, 2019.
The venues for the exams are: Southern Senatorial District: West African People’s Institute (WAPI), Calabar, Central Senatorial District: Government Secondary School (GOVISCO), Ikom and Northern Senatorial District: Government Technical College, Abakpa, Ogoja.
“After the written examination, successful candidates would be invited for interview which will take place across the 18 LGAs and thereafter, issuance of appointment letters”, she disclosed.
The DG stressed that merit, rural/facility needs will be some of the key factors to be considered in the recruitment as hard to reach areas would be given priority.
“During the application, we told applicants to apply based on where they resides and where they want to work because we don’t want a situation where after employing, people would start requesting for transfer”, she explained.
On incentives, she disclosed that rural allowances is always being paid to those in rural areas and tricycle ambulances as well as Hilux vehicles have been distributed to various health facilities in the state.

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