Edo Health Workers Emabark On Industrial Action

Edo, Health workers, industrial actionHealth workers at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital in Edo state, have embarked on an indefinite strike action over unpaid September and October 2016 salaries, among other allowances by the Federal Government.

Speaking on behalf of the various unions in the facility, Dr. Fidelis Ogobor explained that the industrial action is the only alternative for the health workers under the present economic recession in the country.

“Our salaries for the month of September and October have not been paid. we cannot continue to serve government with empty stomach.”

Another leader said: “we pray that the federal government will give us a listening ear and do something about our budget, the budget that is deficit year in year out, that should come to an end’’

The President of the Association of Resident Doctors, Dr. Emmanuel Osagiede expressed sympathy for the striking workers.

He however said “as for the resident doctors which is my association, we are not on industrial action yet, but that does not mean we are not in solidarity with them, to tell the Federal Government to bring this money and actually pay everybody.

“I think what they are doing is in order, because when people can no longer come to work, I don’t know what you expect them to do at this condition”.

Reacting to the situation, Chief Medical Director of the health institution, Dr. Slyvanus Okogbenin in an interview with Channels Television, expressed that the striking workers are “overreacting.”

He said: “the downing of tools by the striking staff is premature as funds from government are already on the way.”

The Medical Director confirmed the release of funds by the Federal Government which will be used to clear the outstanding remunerations.

The hospital however remains open to the public, despite the industrial action embarked upon by a section of the workforce.

Ogun Govt. Alerts Public On Lassa Fever

Lassa-Fever-in-OgunThe Ogun State Government has assured residents not to exercise unnecessary fear over the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.

The government’s call comes on the heels of reported cases of the disease in some states in Nigeria.

In a statement, the Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye, said that the government has activated its disease surveillance and notification structures.

He explained that the structures would detect any case of Lassa fever on time and deploy appropriate measures to prevent and control the spread of the disease.

The Commissioner called on residents to maintain a high standard of personal hygiene and ensure all food stock are tightly closed.

He urged members of the public to take note of persistent high fever that has resisted normal antimalarial drugs treatment, stressing that all fluids from an infected person are extremely dangerous.

Health workers were also advised to be at alert by wearing personal protective equipment and observe universal basic precautions.

Mr Ipaye identified the symptoms of the disease as weakness, sore throat, abdominal pains, muscle pain and bleeding from any part of the body such as the eye, nose, mouth, ear and other private parts of the body.

He advised members of the public to report any case of the above symptoms to the nearest general hospital or call the Lassa fever hotline on 09099140121 and 09099140122.

Adamawa Health Workers Protest Two Years Unpaid Salaries

Adamawa Health Workers Protest Unpaid SalariesHealth workers across Adamawa State have protested their unpaid salaries by the state government.

The workers, who were over 800, staged the peaceful demonstration on Monday.

Displaying placards with various inscriptions, they lamented that they have not been receiving salaries in the last two years.

The workers wondered why they were not paid alongside the nurses who were employed at the same time.

Reacting to the allegation, the Commissioner of Health in Adamawa State, Fatima Atiku-Abubakar, appealed to the workers to remain calm.

Mrs Atiku-Abubakar blamed the discrepancy in workers’ verification exercise for the unpaid salaries.

Resident Doctors To Embark On Warning Strike

Resident Doctors The National Association of Resident Doctors has announced a 5-day warning strike which will commence on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

The doctors’ new date for the industrial action is coming after the expiration of a 35-day ultimatum it earlier gave the federal government to look into issues including unpaid salaries and disengagement of some of their colleagues.

The President of the association, Dr. Muhammad Askira, told journalists at a press conference in Abuja that they are unsatisfied by the efforts of the government to resolve the impasse during the period of the ultimatum.

Joint Health Workers Strike Paralyse Activities In JUTH

Health workersThe continued industrial action by Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), is taking its toll on health services to the public at the Tertiary Health Centre.

Members of the unions maintain that until their demands are met, there is no going back to work, despite pleas from the management that the public should be considered.

Chairman of the Union, Mustapha Kabir, declared the continuation of action against some decisions of the management.

He noted that the management failed to honour the agreement reached on a memorandum of understanding with JOHESU.

The congress mandated the unions to resume the suspended strike until the demands are met leading to activities at the hospital running at slow pace with only medical doctors and consultants attending to patients.

The management of JUTH, however, differed on some of the allegations, explaining that some issues raised by the unions will be solved at the national level, while those for the hospital are receiving attention.

With the industrial action running for more than two weeks, both the unions and management of JUTH need to come to an agreement for work to resume immediately, as patients are the most affected.

Health Workers Threaten Strike

Health workersThe Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and the Assembly of Healthcare Professionals (AHPA) have issued a 15-day ultimatum from February 3, 2016 to the federal government to look into their demands or face an industrial action.

The health workers have been having a protracted dispute with the federal government over a number of demands.

Some of their demands include the implementation of a circular on promotion from CONHESS 14 to 15 and the reconstitution of what the coalition calls lopsided composition of the board of management of teaching hospitals among others.

Medical doctors are, however, not part of the threat by the coalition of unions and associations of healthcare workers in Nigeria to go on strike.

60 Million Poor Nigerians To Enjoy Free Medical Care

Universities-medical careThe Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has given the assurance that 60 million poor Nigerians will enjoy unfettered medical care under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration within the next two years.

The Minister who said this during his visit to the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, added that 10,000 health facilities would be built in 774 Local Government across the country for effective service delivery to the people.

While promising that the government would pay them their dues, Prof. Adewole also advised all health workers not to see strike as the only option for negotiation.

The Ekiti State Governor, who was represented by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Kola Oluwawole, urged the Federal Government to also look into the areas of staff welfare, considering the nature of their profession.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Majekodunmi Ayodele, in his response to the Minister, appealed to workers to be patient with the management as their requests will be addressed.

Health Workers Commence Nationwide Strike

Health workersHealth workers under the aegis of Nigerian Union of Allied Health professionals (NUAHP) in all government hospitals across the country on 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 that 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 however met with a brick wall leading to various strikes.

The Union said that in February 2015, outgoing President Goodluck 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.

Lagos Doctors Begin Indefinite Strike

Lagos doctorsMedical doctors working for the Lagos State Government on Monday began an indefinite strike over several protracted issues with the state government.

The Lagos doctors, under the aegis of the Medical Guild, are aggrieved over issues which include alleged engagement of doctors as casual workers and the withholding of doctors’ salaries for May 2012 and from August to September 2014 over the doctors involvement in industrial action.

Meanwhile the state government has described the current strike as illegal, just like the former one.

In a press statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lateef Ibirogba, the government says it is a fact that those health workers who did not work during the stated period were not paid.

This, Mr Ibirogba said is in line with the “no work no pay rule” policy of the government which is in accordance with international employment practices and the Trade Disputes Act.

He therefore advised the Lagos doctors to resume at their respective duty positions while discussions with the state government are ongoing.

Patients Call On Government To Grant Request Of Medical Practitioners

health workersThe effect of the industrial action embarked by the medical and health workers union has led to partial paralysis of the health care at public health facilities.

Patients at most of the hospitals visited by Channels Television called on government and health workers in the country to resolve the matter amicably in the interest of the ordinary Nigerians.

Many other patients who are in critical conditions have had to seek medical help from private facilities in the Federal Capital.

The National Hospital located in Abuja is now a shadow of itself as medical Personnel continue their industrial action to press home their demand for better welfare package from the federal government.

The effect of their strike is biting hard as many patients appeal for a compromise from both parties.

A thirty-two years old man, Onuh Chris has undergone a major surgery that requires constant attention from medical personnel but has not gotten much of that since the strike started.

He has called on the government to grant the request of the medical practitioners in the interest of poor Nigerians who cannot afford the high cost of getting medical services outside the shores of the country.

Many Nigerians are hoping that both the federal government and the medical practitioners will resume to the negotiation table in the interest of the masses.

Health Workers Strike Commences In Some Parts Of Nigeria

Doctors_Strike_In_Nigeria2Health officials in some parts of Nigeria have started complying with the directive by the Joint Health Workers Association to embark on strike till the Federal Government implements agreements reached with the union two months ago.

In Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, the action has paralysed activities at the Federal Medical Centre in Idi Aba area of the city.

Patients who thronged the institution for medical attention were turned back as a result of the action over, among other things, the non promotion of their members from salary 14-15 CONHSS, immediate release of circular on adjustment of salary since January 2014 and the release of circular on extension of retirement age to be backdated to February 2014.

However, an attempt to get the reaction of the hospitals management on this development proved abortive

While in the north western city of Kaduna, workers at the National Eye Centre, Kaduna, also joined in the nationwide strike.

Though, workers at the centre had been on strike since last week, they resolved to join in the nationwide strike which commenced on Thursday.

Briefing reporters in Kaduna on Thursday, Secretary of the Union, Musa Lawal, said they would not call-off the strike until all their local and national demands were met by both the hospital management and Federal Government.

He directed members to stay back at home and disregard any call from the management.

He called on patients to look for alternative medical services, as the workers would not be available to attend to their needs. He said the union had served the hospital management a notice of the strike.

Apart from the National Eye Centre, which commenced full strike on Thursday, government hospitals in Kaduna such as the Barau Dikko Memorial Hospital, Yusuf Dantosho Hospital, Tudun Wada and National Ear Care Centre offered skeletal medical services to patients.

In the same vein, the Cross River State chapter of the Joint Health Sector Union’s Assembly of healthcare professionals have joined their counterparts nationwide to embark on the strike.

Speaking at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, State Chairman of the Union said the strike became necessary following Federal Government’s negligence to keeping to the request of the union as agreed between the two parties.

He added that all members would remain at home until they received directives from above to act otherwise.

FG Says Health Workers’ Strike ‘Unnecessary’

The Federal Government of Nigeria has described the industrial action by the Joint Health Sector Union as unjustifiable, unnecessary and unfortunate.

The supervising Minister of Health, Dr. Khaliru Alhassan, on Thursday stated the government’s position on the matter at a news conference held in Abuja.

Dr. Alhassan said the decision of Health Workers’ executive to embark on strike was unnecessary because there were ongoing negotiations between the union and the government.

The Minister also said the call for strike suggested that there could be more to the incessant strikes by the union than what it was clamouring for.

Ebola: Reps Call For Compensation For Medical Victims

Human TraffickingThe House of Representatives in Nigeria has urged the Federal and State governments concerned to compensate the families of Dr. Stella Adadevoh and other health workers who died of the Ebola Virus Disease.

In plenary on Tuesday, a lawmaker, Olajumoke Okoya-Thomas, said that the gallant and patriotic role played by late Dr. Adadevoh and her team in curbing the spread of the disease in Nigeria deserved to be rewarded.

The house also observed a moment of silence in their honour and urged that the Nigerian government immortalises the late doctor by naming a medical institution in her honour.

Lawmakers also commended the Federal and State governments for the effective action taken to halt the spread of the disease.

Late Dr. Adadevoh played a major role in ensuring that the index patient,  a Liberian-American man, Patrick Sawyer, did not leave the hospital after he tested positive for Ebola virus.

The Nigerian president had dedicated Nigeria’s Ebola-free declaration by the World Health Organization on October 20 to health workers and to Nigerians.