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NMA threatens to embark on strike if FG implements JOHESU demands

NMA threatens to embark on strike if FG implements JOHESU demands

Francis Faduyile, who disclosed this at a press conference in Lagos, urged the federal government to ignore the strike action by JOHESU, adding that it is not only an aberration that will add no value to clinical/patients' care, it will certainly worsen morbidity and mortality indices in Nigeria. The strike is as if the entire public health sector in the country has been shut down.

The union has cited poor remuneration of its workers as the main reason for the strike action and listed some conditions the Federal Government needs to fulfill to enable them end the strike.

JOHESU, an association of health workers except doctors, has been on strike for exactly 22 days. Biobelemoye, however, said that the state counterparts would now join the strike.

Nigerians seeking medical treatment in any of the federal, state and local government-owned hospitals may go elsewhere as the Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, yesterday, directed its members in the states and local government areas to join the ongoing health workers strike by midnight (Wednesday).

"It is also pertinent to once again remind Government about the concluding part of our letter no. NMA/PRE/SG/03/0751 of 21st March 2014, which states, "In view of the above, the NMA painfully wishes to inform the Federal Government of Nigeria that any award to the non-medically qualified health professionals that violates the January and July agreements of 2014 shall result in the resumption of the suspended withdrawal of service of 2014".

The meeting was convened to appraise the ongoing JOHESU National Strike Action and to update the State Chairmen and Secretaries about the progress made so far.

Reacting to the development, the leadership of JOHESU, said it was still checking the level of compliance to the directive issued to states and local governments to down tools at their respective health facilities.

Meanwhile, Joint Health Sector Unions/Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (JOHESU/AHPA) and pharmacists under the aegis of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, Lagos State branch, have stressed the urgent need to mobilise health professionals in the private sector to join the strike.

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