Dissatisfied with the non-implementation of the various agreements signed by the Federal Ministry of Health with health professionals under the aegis of the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP), health workers in teaching hospitals have given a 15-day ultimatum to resume their suspended strike on November 28.
NUAHP comprises pharmacists, medical laboratory technologists, physiotherapists, radiographers, dental technologists, occupational therapists, health information officers and other professionals allied to medicine working in teaching hospitals across the country.
In a letter dated November 11, addressed to the Minister of Health, the body noted that there had been deliberate efforts by the Federal Ministry of Health not to implement terms of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the union with the Federal Government which had led to the body’s decision to suspend its strike in August.
The letter, signed by the National General Secretary of the union, Mr. Obinna Ogbonna, reads in part: “Arising from a meeting on August 29, 2013, the union, through a letter, wrote the honourable Minister of Health on the need to put machinery in motion to implement the content of the MOU. The Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) up till now has neither acknowledged nor replied the letter.
“It is disheartening to note that none of the issues in the MOU had been implemented. Instead of implementing the agreement, the Minister had gone ahead in withdrawing the circular he issued on the abolition of Deputy Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee’s position, which is illegal and among the issues agreed upon to be abolished. The FMOH, through the Minister of Health, has taken us for granted by the ominous silence.
“The FMOH is hereby given up to November 28 to implement the MOU to letters. At the expiration of this ultimatum, if nothing is done, the union will be forced to resume the suspended strike of August 16, 2013.”
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