Strike paralyses activities in Oyo health centres

The health workers demand better welfare packages.

Health workers belonging to five different unions began a three-day nationwide warning strike to press home demands for better welfare.

The unions include Medical and Health Workers’ Union, Nurses and Midwife Association, Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals, Senior Staff of All Teaching Hospitals, and Allied Health Institution and Non Academic Staff Union, NASU.

Save for the medical doctors, who observed their routine checks on patients, other medical staff in public hospitals in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, stayed away from their duty posts, virtually crippling health care in the state.

The health workers are protesting the non-payment of the Consolidated Salary Structure for level 10 members, refusal to implement the court judgment on consultancy status to other health care professionals other than medical practitioners, and non-payment of special allowances which was agreed upon since January 2010.

The National President of Nigerian Union of Allied Health, Felix Faniran, while commenting on the strike, said the development could have been prevented, if the Federal Government had attended to their needs.

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He said it was very disturbing that the federal government was acting irresponsibly and being insensitive to the welfare of health workers.

PREMIUM TIMES visited various government hospitals in the state and observed that the health workers complied fully to the directives from their national headquarters.

Nurses, health extension workers, administrative officers and hospital orderlies were not on hand to render their services.

They have also threatened to embark on a full blown strike if their demands were not met after the warning strike.

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