Fresh strike looms in Nigeria’s health sector

The health workers will go on a warning strike on January 23.

The Chairperson, Joint Health Workers Union, JOHESU, Ayuba Wabba, has said the union will begin a three-day warning strike on January 23.

Mr. Wabba said this in Abuja on Saturday.

He said the strike is for government to fully and unconditionally implement all agreements it signed with the union, whose members include laboratory technicians, pharmacists, and other health workers outside doctors.

“It is also for the immediate review of CONHESS and release of circular to take effect from 1/1/14, the same way done to CONMESS,’’ she said.

The chairperson also directed the members to proceed on the strike on the day in question. He said the notice has been dispatched to all unions and associations.

“We are going on the strike because government is not serious with us. We have found out that they are not committed to the implementation of the National Industrial Court (NIC) order.

“Skipping of CONHESS 10 is legitimate and legal and directed that Ministry of Health should revert to status quo so that workers would continue to enjoy the offer,’’ he said.

Mr. Wabba also said that government had failed to address issue of the cancellation of consultancy appointment for his members as ordered by the court.

He explained that members like other health professionals had been enjoying the appointment as contained in a Circular on appointment of consultants Ref. No. SMH. 491/S.2/Vol.II/221 of 29th March 1976.

He added that the ministry suddenly issued a unilateral circular stopping the appointment of other health professionals as consultants.

He said JOHESU believed that the decision was influenced by the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA).

Mr. Wabba, however, said that the union would not call off the strike until all agreements reached with government since May 2010 and to date were implemented unconditionally.

“They must release circular commensurate to what they released to other health professionals, then we can call off the strike,” he said.

The strike announcement by the health workers is reminiscent of the happenings that characterised Nigeria’s health sector in 2013 that led to strikes by JOHESU, the Association of Resident Doctors, and the Nigeria Medical Association at different times of the year.

The doctors recently suspended a nationwide strike planned for early January.

(NAN)


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  • brody

    Inferiority complex! Gang up against your colleagues, if they so much equate themselves with the doctors I think they should ask for same training as doctors to be able to earn commensurate with them.
    Right from the university , the inferiority complex begins and you see it in the work place too.
    Very unfortunate they are discussing this…
    Whatever they demand for should be given to them, but its certain doctors will always get something more because of the centrality of their role in patient management.
    In any team, there must be a leader, by training doctors have a well rounded training than all other professionals in the sector…if you don’t know,ask for manual of training of each of the groups.
    The centrality of a doctors decision to patient care cannot be disputed, they know it but are just unnecessarily petty.
    I will share a personal experience..
    Seeing a patient in clinic who presented with post-dated pregnancy backed up by a poor bio-physical profile(signs of imminent death)of the fetus, I had to make a decision regarding the baby on the spot& request the theatre be prepared as I would be carrying out an emergency Cs…
    Imagine the peri-operative nurse who is paid to assist in theatre askingthat the patientbe referred because she’s not ready yet!
    What accounted for the behaviour was because there hasn’t been an interaction between the patient and this ‘staff’ hence the urgency of the situation is lost.
    That’s the kind of centrality of doctors in patient management…unless this changes, I doubt anyone will grant our “colleagues” what they are asking for….

  • Dr. Best Ordinioha

    JOHESU strike suffers the poor masses but enriches the doctors. Am sure more doctors will think of opening more private clinics to cash in on the situation. I hope members and leaders of JOHESU realize this.