Global Upfront Newspapers
Cover Health News

Nigeria’s health sector face imminent collapse as health workers threa­ten to join medical doctors on nationwide stri­ke next week

Nigeria’s health sector face imminent collapse as other health workers threaten to join medical doctors on nationwide strike from September 13.

Nigeria’s health workers have threatened to commence a warning strike on September 13 if the Federal Go­vernment failed to address their grievances.

Already, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), the umbrella union of medical doctors in Nigeria commenced a nationwide strike on Monday over welfare and funding issues.

The two major unions in the health sector, the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Health Care Professionals, told journalists in Abuja on Monday that their commitment to resolve issues through dialogue has been taken for granted by the government.

National Chairman of JOHESU, Mr Bio Josiah, who spoke on behalf of the unions, urged the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Mr Festus Keyamo, to take over the negotiations between them and the Federal Government.

Josiah said that the reason was because the substantive Minister, Senator Chris Ngige has allegedly been compromised.

Other demands by the unions were the immediate payment of the shortfall in the COVID-19 allowances of non-clinical staff in the Federal Health institutions presently pegged at 10 per cent to the agreed 50 per cent of basic salaries.

The unions also asked States and Local Government Areas that have not domesticated the COVID-19 allowances for their clinical and non-clinical health workers to abide by the agreement without further delay to avoid the breakdown of industrial harmony in their health sector.

According to the workers, “We demand uncondition­al payment of all wi­thheld salaries at Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, JUTH, LUTH and the complement of April and May 2018 salaries. States and Local Go­vernments are urged to unconditionally pay all outstanding salaries. States are urged to conclude minimum wage negotia­tions and implementation.

“If the Federal Government does not meet these demands by midnight of September 13, 20­20, JOHESU will have no other choice than to commence a nat­ionwide seven-day wa­rning strike of our members in all the Federal Health Insti­tutions. The States and LG health institutions are placed on red al­ert for possible ent­ry into the fray if the FG foot-drags in attending to our demands.”

The workers also con­demned the hike in electricity tariff and fuel pump price, stating that it would worsen the poverty in the country.

Advertize With Us

See Also

Bandits kill 14 residents of Kwata, Wushishi LGA, Niger State

Global Upfront

Black Trump Supporter Killed Execution Style in Milwaukee, U.S.

Global Upfront

China urges Trump to focus on battling Coronavirus as U.S. draws up plans to punish Beijing for COVID-19 pandemic

Global Upfront

Nigeria: Residents of Magama LGA, Niger State Flee as Terrorists Lay Siege For 3 Days

Global Upfront

Nigeria begins talks with U.K. govt on House of Commons threat of sanctions over FG’s suppression of EndSARS protests

Global Upfront

Hours After Returning From Spain, Buhari Jets Out To Accra Ghana For ECOWAS Summit

Global Upfront

Army recovers bodies of 4 soldiers killed by IPOB members in Orlu, Imo State

Global Upfront

Ministry of Information and Culture to create 2 million jobs in 3 years, says Lai Mohammed

Global Upfront

Igbo must love themselves before becoming Nigeria’s president – Arthur Eze

Global Upfront

I’m Now Enugu State Labour Party Governorship Candidate, Chijioke Edeoga Declares

Global Upfront

This website uses Cookies to improve User experience. We assume this is OK...If not, please opt-out! Accept Read More