The Jigawa State Governor has provided full scholarship for 160 students (60 boys and 100 girls) to study medicine in Sudanese universities.
Special Adviser on Media and Public Relations to the Governor Habibu Nuhu Kila in a statement made available to The Union Nigeria on Friday said it is in addition to many that are on scholarship studying in various universities in Nigeria.
In a memorable event at the Government House, Dutse, he quoted Governor Badaru, to have indicated the purpose for sending the students to Sudan to be the determination of his Government to continue to fill the widening manpower gap in the health sector.
According to him, the Governor urged the students to be good ambassadors of the state, by working hard to excel in their studies and to ensure that at the end of their course, they will render selfless service to the state in overcoming the health challenges in Jigawa State.
He reminded them that as potential doctors, their primary duty is to safeguard lives and treat patients with all the seriousness that the profession demands.
The Statement recalled that in October 2016, 60 students from the State who scaled the rigorous screening exercise were sent to China to study Clinical Medicine.
“The selection process he said was adjudged by all to be al-inclusive and transparent.
“Already, those students have completed their four years of study and are now in various hospitals in the state undergoing internship as prerequisite for the fulfillment of the conditions of their medical training.
He quoted the Governor to have expressed satisfaction with the quality of training they acquired from the Chinese universities, saying it was adequate.
According to the Statement expressed the confidence that they will perform well in their responsibilities in the management of the facilities to which they have been posted.
The statement reads, “Efficient health service delivery has formed part of the cardinal objectives of Jigawa State governor, Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar.
“Accordingly, the governor has continued to do everything to boost manpower in the health sector, as he vowed to ensure that no medical facility in the state, no matter how remote, will be left without a medical doctor.
“It is in fulfillment of the objective that the governor has embarked on massive improvement of all basic healthcare facilities in every political ward of the state, even as he has ensured that no political wards are left without one.
“Every Jigawa State community must have a basic healthcare facility. That is a promise we have kept and we have made up our minds that those facilities will always have equipment and manpower to run them.”