Enugu State Increases Corp Members Stipend to Facilitate Health Services
The Enugu State Government has announced the increment of the allowance for National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in primary healthcare facilities across rural areas in the state. This was made known by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Mr Ogbuagu Anikwe, in Enugu on Wednesday while speaking with journalists on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting.
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According to him, medical doctors serving in hospitals across the rural areas in the state would henceforth receive a monthly allowance of N30, 000 monthly from the state government as against the N3, 800 being given to them currently.
Anikwe said, “The government has approved that each corps member selected to work as a medical doctor in government hospital in the rural areas will get a monthly stipend of N30, 000.”
In the same vein, pharmacists, laboratory scientists, nurses, radiographers, and statisticians are to also receive a monthly stipend of N20, 000.
He disclosed that its the government’s plan to review the welfare and service condition of other sets of corps members serving in the state.
Anikwe further reason for the increment of the corp members allowances especially those in the rural areas was to further ensure accessibility of health services to rural dwellers.
“All of these will cost the government extra N31.2 million per annum but it is an expense that is worth it. It is to ensure that health facilities are available at the doorsteps of our people,” he said.
Anikwe said that the government noted the challenges of getting medical personnel to work health facilities in rural communities and decided on the incentive.
According to him, the council decided that one sure way to solve the problem is to get health personnel from the NYSC who will be encouraged with an increased stipend.
The commissioner said that the state government had invested much in rural communities and would want such facilities to have direct impact on the inhabitants.
“Before now, Enugu had a peculiar problem because the state was paying a certain amount as allowance and it led to an influx of youth corps members from all over the country, wanting to serve here.
“It then became impossible for the state government to continue to sustain that stipend because we are not out of the woods yet.
“So, we are not unmindful of what to do for corps members but everything we are doing, we check our purse.
“I am sure that as the finances of the state government improves, we will come to a point where everybody is given an allowance that enables them cope with the condition of life in the country,” he said.
Anikwe said that the government was first looking at very critical sectors, adding that others would follow soon.
He said that the governor, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, was passionate about making residents of the state competitive and healthy “and that is why his economic blueprint traversed the entire state”.
Also, Commissioner for Works, Mr Greg Nnaji, said that the state government had approved the renovation and upgrade of eight district hospitals across the state.
Nnaji said that the gesture was to reduce the pressure on secondary health facilities in the state and to ensure that residents did not have to travel to the state capital for medical attention.
He said that such hospitals and clinics would now wear new looks while modern health equipment would be installed in them.
All youth corps members posted to rural communities of the state are paid monthly stipend of N3, 800 each.