Bayelsa NMA condemns health workers strike

Bayelsa NMA condemns health workers strike

- The Bayelsa state chapter of NMA says the demands by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) are selfish

- He accuses the health workers of trying to arm-twist the federal government through a national strike

- The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) says its talks with the federal government is being frustrated by medical doctors

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Bayelsa state chapter, has accused the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) whose members are on strike in the country of disrupting quality health delivery in the state.

Daily Trust reports that the chairman of NMA in Bayelsa state, Dr Keme Pondei, said the demands by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) were selfish.

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Pondei said: “NMA notes with displeasure the attempt by an amorphous illegal group of allied Health workers who are mostly Cleaners, Ward maids, Laboratory Scientists, Nurses and Pharmacists among others called JOHESU to disrupt the provision of quality health services to the good people of Bayelsa.

“JOHESU is trying to arm-twist the Federal Government through a national strike for a long list of demands because any attempt at granting this request, means that same must be apply to medical doctors.”

The state chairman of NMA said headship of hospitals was against the extant laws setting up hospitals, noting that it would amount at anarchy if everybody working in hospital become the head.

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Meanwhile, the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) is accusing the Nigerian Medical Association, the umbrella body of doctors in the country, of trying to frustrate its talks with the federal government over a lingering industrial action it embarked upon weeks ago.

The national chairman of JOHESU, Biobebelemoye Josiah, made the accusation while speaking on strike action and plans to end it.

Vanguard reports that Josiah spoke in Abuja also accusing the health ministry of collaborating with the doctors in suppressing JOHESU’s legitimate demands from the government.

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