The National association of Nigeria Nurses and midwives (federal health institution sector), has threatened to go on strike, if the federal government did step into resolving some issues faced by the nurses and midwives. The national chairman of the association, Wale Olatunde made this disclosure during the national protest rally by nurses in the federal health institution sector in Abuja.
The members of the group is made up of all federal teaching hospitals, federal medical centres and federal specialist hospitals in the country. Comrade Olatunde is urging the federal ministry of health to help curb the discrimination against nurses,as well as look into salients issues raised by the National industrial court regarding Nurses welfare. The association president further laments the deteriorating state of infrastructure in most health institutions ,with the recent death of a nurse in federal medical centre, Abeokuta.
The group in strong terms condemns the discriminatory and selective implementation of government policies on the career progression of nurses, which has made some of them to spend ten to twelve years on the same cadre.
Comrade Olatunde is therefore calling on the president,the Senate and the house of representative members to prevail on the FMOH to spare the country of another round of industrial crisis in the health sector.
While adding further that there are some individuals who benefit from the incessant industrial crisis in the health sector.bReacting to the case of the former medical director of the Federal medical centre Owo and Owerri,who are currently being prosecuted by the EFCC,the group is seeking for proper justice. “We are also calling on the president to beam its anti corruption searchlight on the federal ministry of health and its parastatals on how the budgetary allocation and internally generated revenue is being spent”he noted.
The national association of Nigeria nurses and midwives is therefore advising individuals and cabals who have vowed that there will be no industrial peace in the health sector to deviate from such act.
Other areas of grievances include;
failure of CMDs to commence the payment of teaching allowance to members on CONHESS 7 & 8.
Non payment of uniform allowance for upward of 4-7years,
and non payment of skipping arrears to deserving members.
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