Enugu state government says it will increase the state allowance of corps members serving in primary healthcare facilities centres.
Ogbuagu Anikwe, Commissioner for Information, made this known while briefing journalists on the outcome of the state executive council meeting on Wednesday.
Before now, all corps members in the state receive N3,800 as state allowance in addition to the N19,800 paid by the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC).
Anikwe said that medical doctors serving in hospitals in rural areas would henceforth receive N30,000 monthly.
Pharmacists, nurses, radiographers, laboratory scientists and statisticians would receive a monthly stipend of N20,000.
The commissioner said the government is also planning to review the service condition and welfare of other set of corps members in the state.
He said the increase in allowances of the corps members serving in health facilities was to further ensure that health services were taken close to rural dwellers.
“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,” Anikwe said.
“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 door steps of our people.
“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.”