The group of young people is among those who completed professional study in health institutions in the country between 2016 and 2017, Minister of State, President’s Office, Regional Authority and Local Government, Selemani Jafo said here yesterday.
Jafo said during the process to scrutinise applications it was discovered that many applicants had not submitted their certificates, and upon communication with NACTE, the examination body admitted.
“Our ministry has communicated with NACTE to hasten the process to issue certificates to all those who deserve in order to help those who deserve employment get the jobs,” said the minister.
The ministry this week unveiled a list of 6,180 health personnel recruited to address the shortage countrywide.
Jafo told reporters that the newly hired employees who are supposed to report to their work stations within two-weeks, are those who were successful in the recruitment process.
A total of 24,891 job seekers applied for a number of posts in the health sector that the government had advertised. He said the staff include medical doctors, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, nurses, clinical officers and medical attendants.
Jafo outlined criteria for the allocation of the successful candidates, saying priority will be given to newly constructed hospitals, health centres and dispensaries whose kick-off had been stalled by lack of practitioners.
Others are 210 upgraded health facilities in a number of municipalities so that they can offer services, including surgeries.
Only health centres and dispensaries which were under the supervision of medical attendants and clinical officers would be considered, he said.
To be considered too, he added, were municipalities and district councils with adverse shortage of health personnel. He cautioned that there would be no room for transfers as the allocation had been pegged on the needs and demands of specific areas.
However, Jafo called upon health training institutions to figure out how best they could acquire more experts in fields like physiotherapy, dental and X-Ray, which posed a considerably big challenge.
He laid emphasis on particular communities and councils to create a conducive environment for the employees, as one of the incentives for motivation to perform diligently.