Minister appeals to JOHESU not to shut down Nigerian hospitals

National Hospital, Abuja
National Hospital, Abuja

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has appealed to the leadership of the Joint Health Staff Union, JOHESU, not to embark on its planned industrial action.

The appeal came on Wednesday, a few hours after the association threatened to begin a nationwide strike on September 20.

JOHESU said the planned action was due to government’s failure to meet its demands.

The government is currently trying to pacify resident doctors who had been on strike since September 4, paralyzing services at secondary and tertiary hospitals across the country.

JOHESU comprises all the other professional groups in the health sector and forms about 95 percent of health workers and health care providers in Nigeria.

Speaking in Abuja, Mr. Adewole appealed to the leadership of the union to prevail on their members to shelve their planned strike.

He said government would continue negotiation with the union and hoped that a consensus would be reached on the issues in contention.

The minister further urged leaders of the union to consider the interest of Nigerians who would the ultimate victims of a strike action.

The minister assured the JOHESU leadership of the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to the well-being of Nigerians, including the stakeholders in the health sector.


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  • Frank Bassey

    I saw it coming. Since our leaders prefer foreign medical treatment, this is just the beginning.

  • aisha ani

    Having all these unions is a problem on its own.

  • Yego V

    Much as I sympathize with the masses, I wish all the unions will unite and bring ALL services to a STANDSTILL . Our leaders are nothing but bunch of hypocrites. Starting with Buhari himself. To date, he cared not to tell Nigerians what the heck is bothering him to warrant the lavish medical pilgrimage. JUST A REMINDER : Billions, and I mean BILLION naira was budgeted for the STATE HOUSE CLINIC. Early in his presidency, Buhari went to London to have his EARS cleaned. It is on record that Nigerian doctors and other health professionals ,who ran away because of the very decadent conditions of service at home, are amongst the best offering services in exile. Yet the few that remained patriotic and sacrificed their lives to stay, cannot get the basic infrastructures and facilities to work with, nor are they adequately compensated. I can bet my life that more than 50 % of Members of :LEGISLATURE; JUDICIARY and EXECUTIVE go to foreign countries for ” Medical Check-up”. Shamefully the VP recently reminded his president about his campaign promise: To abolish medical tourism. PMB won because of his promises to fix the health system, among others. It is still fresh in our minds, how Buhari SAVAGELY attacked late President YarAdua, the latter then battling for his life. I don’t believe in KARMA, but clearly Buhari is reaping what he sowed. I’m not God to judge, but I’m certainly human enough to plead for justice. When our leaders are not SINCERE and to some extent malicious and wicked, anyone with conscience should seek for justice, from heaven and on earth. For more than 50 years, our leaders have continuously ignored the plight of the masses. I used to feel sad, but now mad, because Buhari and Obasanjo are two Nigerians who’ve both had the best and second opportunities to positively impact this nation. Both have been monumental failures. If anything a curse. Coming back to the subject matter: If ANARCHY is the only means to bring about a change in this country, so be it.

  • Cyril Kasco

    The blame for the impending strike action should be laid at the footsteps of the president because at the inception of this admnistration, he advisedt to appoint a neutral person as the health minister considering the palpable biases against professionals aside the medical doctors, he did not heed the advice, he did not only appoint a medical doctor as a MIN OF HEALTH BUT ALSO A DOCTOR AS MIN OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT the result is the”MARADONIC TREATMENT” meted out to these unions. The fmoh did their best to divide the unions but thank God their senses are back, they now need to press hard together to establish their professional dignity within the system.THE LEAST THEY CAN ACCEPT IS THAT ALL COURT JUDGEMENTS MUST BE IMPLEMENTED TO THE LETTER.ENOUGH OF THIS DELAY TACTICS.NO PROFESSION IS INFERIOR TO OTHER.


    Oga Minister, it’s not about begging someone not to embark on strike but it’s about the Government behaving as though it knows what it is doing. Non -payment of salaries, injustices, unfairness, marginalization in almost all sectors and you expect people to keep quite??? for how long? Where were you when they notified you of their intention to go on strike? What did you do? Common, Nigeria wake up.