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Zamfara State Chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses & Midwives Threaten Strike
Date Posted: 14/Nov/2013
Zamfara State chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives has threatened to embark on an indefinite strike over what it described as government’s refusal to implement the
Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) and arbitrary cuts in their salaries.
In a communiqué signed by the state chairman of the union, Bashir Muhammad Mafara and secretary, Nasiru Abubakar Moriki, the workers alleged that Zamfara is the only state in the country that is yet to implement the salary structure.
The statement added that many nurses, midwives and other skilled personnel have left the services of the state due to the development.
The workers further alleged that the government arbitrarily cut their salaries in September and October. 
The statement read in part:  “It is sad to note that because of the government’s nonchalant attitude towards an effective health care delivery system in the state, the state School of Nursing and Midwifery lost its provisional accreditation from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and all efforts by the union to resolve the matter has not yielded results as the government is adamant to address the problems squarely”. 
Reacting, the state Commissioner for Health Alhaji Kabir Janyau said the health workers did not express their grievances through the right channel. He however added that the state government is doing its best to resolve the matter amicably.


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