Health workers in federal hospitals nationwide are to embark on a nationwide strike as from today.
The health workers, include nurses, midwives, pharmacists and other health professionals, except medical doctors.
National president of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), Biobelemoye Joseph, who issued the directive at a news conference in Ilorin, ask them to vacate their duty posts as from last midnight.
He explained that the indefinite strike, follows the expiration of seven day deadline given to the Presidency to meet the demands of the health workers.
JOHESU president who said the strike is codenamed ‘alligator bite’, warned that health workers in the state and local governments hospitals will join, if the demands are not met within one week of the strike.
He accused the Presidency of failing to implement agreements signed with the health workers and court judgements.
Joseph said, “This lackadaisical attitude of the government has necessitated the resolve of JOHESU to call out all our members nationwide to withdraw their services and stay at home with effect from midnight of today (Wednesday) even after waiting patiently until this hour on the approval for adjustments of CONHESS. However, rallies and meetings should be held at all hospital premises every other day.
“We once again appeal to FG to tow the oath of honour and implement all agreements, memorandum of understanding, and courts judgments, while we urge our members at the tertiary health level to make the strike total, and comprehensive.
“In the event that no appreciable response is received from the government within 15 days of commencement of the strike by the Federal Tertiary Health Institutions, all our members in the states, and local governments nationwide are directed to join the action by September 28,”
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