The Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) have decided to suspend the on-going strike, having considered the poor citizens of Nigeria who cannot afford to seek medical treatment abroad, with the intervention of House of Representative Committee on Health and the Court order.
The union comprising of pharmacist, physiotherapist, medical laboratory scientist, radiographers and imaging scientists among others embarked on the strike on March 6, 2017 following, the inability of the Federal government to meet up with its demands.
It will be recalled that on February 13, 2017 the south east arm of the union embarked on a peaceful protest asking the Enugu state Commissioner for Health, Mr Samuel Ngwu to take their message to the Minister threatening to go on strike should the Federal government fail to address their needs.
The union since then is demanding that the government should provide adequate manpower in the sector, basic working equipment for diagnostic treatment of patients, provision of consumable like drugs, address the skipping of Cohess 10 and adjustment of Cohess salaries since 2014, and the payment of arrears incompliance with industrial court order on July 22, 2013 among others.
The union President, Dr. Obinna Ogbonna told journalist in Enugu that the union is however giving the Federal Ministry of Health a window of four weeks to do the needful to avert the effect of pending services for the good.
“Despite the fact that we have not gotten the things promised by the government, the National Executive Council of our union agreed to suspend the ongoing strike.
“I however call on members of the union all over the country to suspend the strike and resume work immediately, while they wait for further directives”, the union president said.
Staff of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo in Ondo State have staged a peaceful protest over the abduction of one of their members.
The workers, under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), demanded the immediate and unconditional release of a Pharmacist, Mrs Queen Adeyeye, who was kidnapped last Saturday in the Southwest Nigerian state.
The aggrieved workers abandoned their duty posts to stage the protest, carrying placards to express their demand.
The woman, said to be a widow, was kidnapped while returning home from a vigil on that fateful day.
The Chairman of JOHESU, FMC, Owo, Joseph Omoniyi as well as other numbers threatened to down tool indefinitely if their colleague was not released.
They appealed to the government and well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of workers of the medical centre, saying their lives were no longer safe.
The management of Oxpharm specialities limited, the pharmacy where the drug, Rohypnol Flunitrazepam, was allegedly bought and used on the late Cynthia Osokoku has told their side of the story on how the two accused pharmacists were arrested.
The Chief Executive Officer of the pharmacy, Ike Ugwu while speaking with Channels Television’s correspondent, Yomi Otaigbe, expressed regret over the blanket charges placed on both the pharmacists – Osita Orji and Chukwunonso Maduokor, who were alleged to have dispensed the drug and the other accused persons.
Both pharmacists were arraigned together with the suspected killers of the deceased before a Yaba Magistrate Court on Monday. The suspected killers, Okwumo Nwabufo and Ezike Olisaeloka, allegedly purchased the drug, most commonly known as date-rape drug, which was allegedly used on the late Cynthia.
Mr Ugwu pleaded with the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to look carefully into the matter to prevent miscarriage of justice.