The Nigerian Government has set up a committee to listen to the demands of some striking health workers in the country.
The workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sectors Unions (JOHESU) have declared an indefinite strike have been on an indefinite strike since Tuesday April 17, 2018.
The JOHESU is made up of: Medical and Health Workers Unions of Nigeria (MHWUN), National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIA), Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutes (NASU).
They are accusing the government of failing to adhere to a previous agreement reached last year.
The government has been holding series of meeting with their leadership since the start if the strike with the latest on Sunday.
A statement from the Ministry of Health after the meeting of Sunday said the committee is to specifically look into the financial and technical aspects of their demands.
“In a bid to restore normalcy to the health sector and ameliorate the sufferings of patients, high level Federal Government Officials met on Sunday, April 22, 2018, to find ways of ending the ongoing strike by Joint Health Sector Unions and finding lasting solutions to the issues.
“A committee was mandated to review the technical and financial related aspects involved in the demands of JOHESU.
“The high level Federal Government team will continue its meeting on Monday and Tuesday.
“Government continues to reassure members of the public that FG health facilities nationwide shall provide normal services and urges all employees to go about their duties peacefully as adequate security protection shall be ensured.”
By: Okponyia Onyedikachi
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