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Health workers begin nationwide strike

Minister of Health, Khaliru Alhassan
Minister of Health, Khaliru Alhassan

Health workers, under the aegis of Nigerian Union of Allied Health professionals (NUAHP) in all government hospitals across the country, Tuesday declared the commencement of an indefinite strike.

National President of the Union, Comrade Obinna Ogbonna, who called for the industrial action after a meeting with health professionals at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC) in Ile-ife, Osun State, said the strike became imperative following the failure by outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan to honour the agreement reached by both parties.

Since 2014, health workers, particularly members of the NUAHP began agitation for several issues ranging from implementation of ‎agreed salary of all health professionals as done for NMA, to the payment of arrears on skipping of CONHESS-10 since year 2010 in compliance with court judgement.

Other requests which include appointment of health professionals as Chief Medical Directors ‎and many others have met with a brick wall leading to various strikes.

The union said that in February 2015, President Jonathan met with the leadership of JOHESU and appealed for suspension of the ongoing strike at that time with the promise to resolve the pending issues.

According to the union, all promises are yet to be fulfilled, hence the call for the members to proceed on an indefinite strike.

In spite of appeal, the strike has been called and the members comprising of medical laboratory scientists, physiotherapists, dieticians, radiologists, optometrists and medical social service workers in hospitals across the states will boycott work, crippling major activities in the hospitals.

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