- Minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, has appealed to health workers over planned strike
- The health workers in the FCT have threatened to begin a strike on May 28
- Ehanire, however, commended all health workers for their dedication in the fight against COVID-19
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Following the threat by the health workers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to embark on strike as from May 28, amid coronavirus, the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, has appealed to the medical practitioners bury the thought.
Nigerian Tribune reports that Ehanire said on Monday, May 11, while speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, that the time was not right for them to go on strike.
Legit.ng gathered that the health workers, under the Joint Health Sector Union and Assembly of Health Care Professionals (JOHESU), have placed the FCT administration on strike notice.
JOHESU is the umbrella body that covers the medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), National Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAIIP), which comprises pharmacists, Medical Laboratory Scientists, Physiotherapists, and others.
In a notice of strike sent to the minister of FCT, JOHESU warned that, "in the event that our resolution is not adhered to, on or before 28 of May, 2020, we will be left with no other option than to recall all our members currently in the frontline in the fight to curtail the spread of COVID-i9 pandemic.”
The unions said they would proceed on an indefinite strike until their demands are met.
JOHESU said many of its members are directly in the frontline of the fight again the pandemic, while others are spread all over FCT health facilities fighting against COVID-l9 at various levels.
The issues being agitated for, according to JOHESU, include irregularities in the payment of salaries since January 2020; which includes shortfalls of payment and in some cases outright omission of staff names from payment schedules.
It also includes non-payment of accrued arrears of 20l6, 20l7, and 2018 promotion and demand for the yet to be settled outstanding of skipping of CONHESS 10, including the balance of call duty relativity.
Delay in the release of conversion and proper placement which has jeopardised the career progression of their members; and non-remittance of capitation, union check-off due, and third-party deduction since January 2020.
The health minister, however, commended all health workers.
Ehanire said: “I salute all health workers at the frontline, our human resources, trainers, and hands-on practitioners alike, who make care possible and the most important element of our response. Your contributions are recognised and we doff our hats to your service.”
He pointed out that Nigeria has tested a total of 27,078 for COVID-19, out of which 4,399 cases were confirmed positive as at the end of Sunday, May 10.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari directed the presidential task force on COVID-19 to pick up COVID-Organics, Madagascar’s self-proclaimed, plant-based “remedy” for coronavirus.
It was reported that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, broke the news at the daily briefing of the task force, which he heads on Monday, May 11.
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