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Health Workers Strike: UMTH Opts Out
Date Posted: 28/Aug/2013
Health and other allied workers at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital have opted out of the ongoing strike on humanitarian ground, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
A NAN reporter who visited the hospital on Friday, reported that normal work was going in all wards in spite of the strike.
Doctors, nurses and other health workers, were seen attending to patients.
An official of the Joint Health Workers Union at the hospital, told NAN that the workers decided to opt out of the strike after a meeting on Thursday.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the decision was taken because of the security challenges facing the state.
The worker said: “We cannot afford to go on strike now because of the peculiarity of our situation in the state.
“Often times, dozens of persons are attacked or injured by suspected insurgents and the victims might be security personnel or civilians.
“Definitely, they will require help from the hospital.
“And if we decide to go on strike, who will look after them?”
He pointed out that the hospital staff had refused to join strikes in the past for similar reason.
He added: “Since 2009, we have not participated in any strike because we are one of the front-line states of Boko Haram insurgency.
“Even before the current strike, we have had serious battle with the authorities over welfare matters but we did not go on strike for the same reasons.

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