Mr Abdullahi Mashi has assumed duty as the new Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health.
A statement issued by the Mrs Boade Akinola, the Director Media and Public Relations of the ministry, in Abuja said the new permanent Secretary assumed office on Monday.
Mashi stressed on the need to improve on service delivery at hospitals, particularly, at the Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments in order to address the current worrisome situation experienced by patients across the country.
He charged the Servicom Department of the ministry to occasionally pay unscheduled visits to hospitals to monitor service delivery activities with the aim of ensuring proper work ethics and improving efficiency.
The new permanent secretary said with the high calibre of staff the ministry was endowed with, he was at home and willing to learn quickly in order to acclimatise with his new office.
He also solicited for the cooperation and support of officials and members of the labour union in the ministry which, he said, was necessary for a peaceful working environment.
The directors took turns to welcome the new chief scribe of the ministry, and pledged their support and commitment to the success of his tenure.
Mashi, an accountant by profession and an indigene of Katsina State, was deployed from the Federal Ministry of Communication.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Mr Clement Uwaifo, the former permanent secretary, retired from service in June.
Uwaifo handed over to the Director, Department of Public Health, Dr Evelyn Ngige, to steer the affairs of the ministry in acting capacity until the appointment of a substantive permanent secretary

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