Health Workers Strike: Minister directs hospital heads to provide security for staff

Senate begs JOHESU to end strike

The Minister said JOHESU members were also accused of locking- up government health facilities to prevent access to those who are not on strike.

"We believe that it is high time that the Federal Ministry of Health, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and relevant stakeholders should mediate and end the inter-rivalry among various health professionals in the country".

"The above reminder is predicated on the extension of the ongoing strike action embarked upon by the amorphous body called "JOHESU", to states and local government councils, the basis of which is to strengthen its callous and ill motivated agitation for pay parity between her members and doctors with the resultant erosion of relativity and further hierarchical distortion in the health sector vis-à-vis her clandestine romance with some top government officials", the statement read. Isaac Adewole, to ensure alertness to combat whatever cases that might arise and get Ebola vaccines ready for an emergency.

She said that recent reports by the World Health Organisation (WHO), showed that the disease was back in neighboring Congo with 19 deaths and 39 infected casualties recorded so far.

"We are also calling on the Federal Government, Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) and the National Assembly, to as a matter of urgency, call the various workers unions to order", Rufa'i said.

Olajide said the minister said this while reacting to a news briefing by the President, National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr. Ugochukwu Chinaka.

The minister, in the statement, cautioned the members of the striking union not to harass or molest medical officers at their duty posts and ordered all heads of medical institutions to urgently provide adequate security for the working members of staff.

Meanwhile the minister of labour and Employment, Chris Ngige who chaired the meeting however advised doctors under the Nigerian medical association to be cautious in interrupting and meddling with the ongoing discussions between the health workers and the government to allow for a more peaceful and generally acceptable resolutions.

Chairman, KPMG West Africa, Kunle Elebute, who addressed the challenges in the health sector, said the system, was underserved and under-consumed, noting that the country's health indicators left much to be desired.

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