Akpan Etukudoh Asare
Successful applicants at the ongoing interview for medical jobs in Cross River State will be made to sign bonds with the Cross River State government to remain in their duty posts in the hinterlands.
Governor Ben Ayade has directed that 1000 more health workers be employed into the state civil service.
7300 had applied while 5300 were shortlisted for the interview which commenced in Calabar on Tuesday while the interview will be concluded in central and northern senatorial district of the state.
Speaking in her office, Dr. Betta Edu who is Director General of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency said,”We are going to subject them to sign bond with us to ensure that they shall not desert the facilities at whichever local communities we shall send them”, she said.
She disclosed that doctors and other health workers deployed to primary health centres now earn better pay thereby attracting increasing desire from doctors elsewhere.
Edu further disclosed that all over the state, there are only 3500 health workers including qualified doctors who are in the employ of the state government.
Edu said there are only 900 primary and secondary health facilities in the state which are grossly inadequate for the increasing population.