The Joint Health Sector Unions says it is not aware of a court order asking it to call off its over one-month old strike.
It, therefore, called on its members to ignore the Federal Ministry of Health’s order that the strike be called off.
JOHESU said this in a statement by its National Secretary, Florence Emperor, on Monday.
The statement read in part, “The leadership of JOHESU has noted with dismay rumours in the press that the ongoing strike being embarked upon by the unions has been stopped by a court injunction.
“We are not unaware of the machination and propaganda by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigerian Medical Association who are bent on thwarting the ongoing nationwide action.”
The union, however, apologised to Nigerians over the hardship they were facing due to the strike.
It told Nigerians to blame the Federal Government for failing to meet its demands.
It added, “The JOHESU leadership feels and empathises with members of the public on the pains they are going through.
“Members of JOHESU do not live on the moon; they are Nigerians who have a sacred duty to provide health services to the sick and the wounded. Therefore, they also have mothers, fathers, friends, sons, daughters, cousins who require medical services at this point in time. But the ugly situation brought about by the insensitivity of the Federal Ministry of Health for fairness in the health sector has brought us to this ugly situation.”
JOHESU called on President Muhammadu Buhari to caution the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, saying he had allegedly taken sides with the NMA thereby making it difficult for the health workers to trust him.
JOHESU also denied reports that some of its members were involved in an accident over the weekend, adding that the report was sponsored by doctors.
The statement added, “We also want to draw the attention of our members across the country that no member of JOHESU was involved in road traffic accident that occurred in Benin, Edo State. The cheap blackmail by doctors that members of JOHESU were involved in an accident in Edo State is nothing but cheap publicity and propaganda.”
“However, our hearts go to the victims of the road crash as we join in wishing them a quick recovery and we use this medium to also advise NMA to respect life by desisting from propaganda that disrespects the sanctity of man, for the purposes of recruiting public sympathy especially through falsehood and rumours.”
By: Eniola Akinkuotu
The Punch News
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