Nigeria’s Health Sector May Go Into Limbo As JOHESU Sets Sept 17 Indefinite Strike

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All health care providers, under the auspices of Joint Health Sector Unions(JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Association (AHPA) have issued a 15-day ultimatum to the Federal Government and other stakeholders of intentions to embark on an indefinite strike, commencing from September 17th 2021.

This is coming on the heels of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), to sustain their ongoing strike until the Federal Government yields to their demands on better welfare packages.

A joint statement signed by Com. Biobelemoye Josiah, President Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria MHWUN and Com. Yusuf kiyawa, Ag Secretary General of MHWUN respectively hinged the latest resolution on the nonchalant and biased attitude of the federal government over the plight of their members.

The notice issue in Abuja on Sunday morning, was also copied to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, leadership of the National Assembly, the Department of State Services DSS, the Nigerian Governors Forum, including the leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress highlighting demands which are yet to be met by the relevant government authorities.

Among the demands which JOHESU says is necessitating the current strike threats includes; adjustment of consolidated health salary structure CONHESS as was done with consolidated medical salary structure CONMESS since 2014.

Besides, the unions also demanded the payment of withheld April and May, 2018 salaries of our members and withheld salaries in Federal Medical Centres Owerri, JUTH and LUTH. Review of defective implementation of Covid 19 special inducement and hazard allowance as well as increase in retirement age from 60-65 years for health workers and 70 years for consultant health professionals.

Biobelemoye said, “JOHESU in complaince with the provisions of section 41 of the Trade Dispute Act CAP 2004 is constrained to give the Federal Government of Nigeria 15 days ultimatum with effect from Friday 3rd September 2021 to Friday 17th September 2021 all our members in the Federal Health Institutions shall embark on an indefinite strike action, while state and local government health institutions are placed on red alert to join the strike if federal government footdrags in attending to our demands.

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“This 15-day ultimatum is necessitated by the nonchalant bias and lackadaisical attitude of the government to the plight of our members, in spite of our benevolence and long notice given on these issues.

“We note with sadness that our long suffering is not appreciated because the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Health and Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment continue to give the impression that our members do not have capacity to endure hunger as they are vulnerable and poor, a perception that is untrue and will be put to test in the weeks ahead, if government does not heed our call or demands”.


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