National Hospital Workers Embark On Indefinite Strike

Health workers at the National Hospital, Abuja have embarked on an indefinite industrial action after their three-day warning strike ended on Wednesday night.

However, the health workers made up of the Senior Staff Association, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives and Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria are meeting with the hospital management to resolve the crisis.

The Spokesman for the Hospital, Dr. Tayo Haastrup told Channels Television that the striking workers will also meet with representatives of the Ministry of Health led by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Ms. Fatima Bamidele.

The workers’ demands include the full implementation of the National Hospital condition of service, the training guidelines submitted to the hospital management in 2010 be adopted as training policy for the hospital, the re-establishment of a staff clinic to cater for the healthcare needs of staff and their dependants, and that the medical bill refund to the staff hitherto suspended should be restored.

Dr. Haastrup explained that measures are being taken to address the demands of the workers.

He added that patients in critical condition in the hospital are receiving treatment despite the industrial action.

Cholera kills two in Ekiti

Two people have been confirmed dead in Igbaraodo in Ekiti State as a result of cholera.

The Ekiti State commissioner for health, Olusola Fasuba, who confirmed the report, said that at least over 20 cases of cholera has been reported in the state.

According to Mr Fasuba, the case of cholera was first noticed when some residents complained of vomiting and diarrhea.
He added that the victims are currently receiving treatment from various hospitals in the town and that the situation is currently under control.

The commissioner further said Ministry of Health has dispatched a rapid response team to the town, led by the director, of disease control, Ayodele Seluwa.

He said that his team have visited those receiving treatment and also other victims are hospitalized.
The Ministry of Health has sent messages to residents to work on their hygiene situation.

FG to stock blood banks

The federal government has announced plans to stock blood banks across the country to ensure minimal loss of lives through road crashes.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the director of special projects in the Ministry of Health, Mr. Mike Arene said government has also put in place an Integrated National Emergency Ambulance Service to guarantee prompt treatment of accident victims.

Mr. Arene described the recent UN ranking of Nigeria as second in the list of countries with high fatal road accidents as unacceptable.

He admitted that the deplorable state of roads across the federation has constantly been a source of concern and is also  responsible for a large number of accidents over the years.

Corp Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Mr. Osita Chidoka at a separate gathering organised by a coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on road safety explained the necessary measures to checkmate frequent road accidents in the country.

The Executive Director of Safety Beyond Borders, Mr. Lanre Osho, urged the federal government not to take lightly the huge loss of human lives through road accidents.

Some of the stakeholders said the police and traffic wardens who extort commercial drivers are also responsible for road accidents.

Participants suggested that the best way forward is for Nigerians to desist from breaking traffic rules and the construction good roads across the country by the federal government.