Civil Society Organisations in Bauchi State on Friday called on the state government to employ additional workers to serve the 323 health facilities in the state.

Malam Sodangi Chindo, chairman of Bauchi Forum of Executive Directors of Civil Society Organisations told a news conference that inadequate number of health personnel was a threat to healthcare delivery in the state.

He said the paucity in the number of health personnel could also discourage development partners and donor agencies from looking the way of the state.

He appealed to the government to lift its embargo on employment to be able to recruit medical personnel.

He noted that the forum had provided employment for about 1,500 indigenes of the state under the USAID integrated health programme on permanent and contractual basis.

Chindo also charged the government to increase budgetary allocation to the health sector from the current 10.5 per cent.

He noted that it was bad enough that budgetary allocation to the sector had been dropping from the initial 15 per cent.

“We also want the government to prioritise education as one of the critical sectors of the state’s economy,’’ he said.

He commended the government for attracting some development partners to the state which had enabled critical sectors like health, education and agriculture to thrive.

“We are happy with government’s consistence at paying counterpart funds on development projects and its success in sanitising workers’ payroll for probity and accountability,’’ he said.

Chindo also told newsmen that civil society organisations, in collaboration with development partners had impacted positively on health, education, water and sanitation and rights issues in the state.

He added that they had also impacted on democratic ethos, good governance, economy, agriculture, nutrition and gender-based violence.