Nasarawa to provide scholarship for medical students

From Francis Nansak, Lafia

The Nasarawa State Government is set to introduce a special scholarship scheme, for indigenes of the state studying medicine, nursing and midwifery.

State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon. Dogo Shammah, disclosed this while briefing journalists shortly after the monthly state executive council meeting on Friday in Lafia.

He said the special scholarship scheme to be introduced, will seek to encourage indigenes to study medicine, nursing and midwifery, in order to reduce cases of inadequate personnel in the state’s health sector.

This is just as the state government ordered medical doctors under the state public service to shut down their private clinics.

Throwing more light on the order, State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Associate Professor Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana, explained that the state executive council, endorsed the resolution of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, calling for all doctors in government employ, who own and manage private clinics and hospitals, to close their clinics in order to concentrate on the government hospitals were they earn salaries.

“This is to avoid a scenario where government employed doctors divert patients to their private clinics for other financial considerations,” he said

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