JOHESU strike: Tinubu, others beg health workers to end strike

Senate begs JOHESU to end strike

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has told the leadership of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) to stay away from the ongoing strike by members of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) as their activities are making it hard for government to resolve issues that led to the strike.

Report showed that several lives have been lost as the result of the ongoing health workers strike. healthnews.africa recently reported on the impact that the strike has had in Nigeria's premier teaching hospital, the UCH Ibadan.

He said: "Negotiations are still on with JOHESU and the Minister of Labour is leading the negotiation, and we expect that we will conclude on all issues very soon".

The Federal Government has warned the umbrella body of medical doctors, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), to desist from taking interest in what does not concern it, particularly the strike by healthcare workers.

JOHESU had on April 18, embarked on industrial action due to what it described as the insensitivity and lackadaisical attitude of drivers of the health sector.

But the Minister of Health, Prof.

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Meanwhile, stakeholders in the health and technology sectors have urged the federal and state governments to prioritise funding of the health sector, which they said, needed urgent intervention. "Please take this as a notice".

The Minister was also informed that, JOHESU members were accused of locking- up government health facilities to prevent access to those who are not on strike.

"We oppose vehemently, any adjustment in CONHESS SALARY SCALE with resultant pay parity between doctors and healthcare professionals allied to medicine, and hereby reaffirm that relativity is sacrosanct", the statement read in part".

He said:"In view of the above, in as much as members of JOHESU have the right to embark on strike, they do not have the constitutional right to harass other health workers including members of JOHESU who choosed to work and JOHESU members do not have right to lock-up government facilities".

He said: "This very agreement was entered into and then a memo was made to Mr President as they claimed even though they gave us a copy later".

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