- Medical practitioners in Kaduna have embarked on a seven-day warning strike
- The action came as the state government threatened to deduct 25% of the workers'salaries
- Before now Governor Nasir El-Rufai had warned to the health workers that they will lose their jobs if they continue with the action
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Hospitals in Kaduna have been deserted by health workers over to over threat of deducting 25 percent of their salaries by the state government.
medical personnel in Kaduna have called on the government to reverse its decision to go ahead with the deduction, but to no avail, hence the strike, AIT News reports.
Speaking with journalists on Saturday, May 23, Dr Steven Kache, the state's chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) opined that the request of the workers is logical, adding that the situation is quite unfortunate.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Kaduna state government had threatened to sack any health worker who fails to show up at their assigned places of work, saying the government would view such action by health workers as having forfeited their employment.
The state government, in response to a strike notice by health workers over the state’s deductions of 25% from the salaries of all civil servants, said it would not bend to blackmail and instructed that every health worker willing to work is required to sign the register at the ministry of health and the health institutions to which they were deployed.
The union, in a communique issued within the week, warned of strike action should the state government fail to meet its demands.
In a statement issued by the special adviser to the Governor Nasir El-Rufai on media and communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, announced that the state government would not bow to what it described as “naked blackmail.”
It directed the ministry of health to ensure that health facilities run and provide services to the public with the support of willing workers who must be offered every assistance and protection.
“The government noted that it is instructive that the strike action was announced on the same day that many health workers were showing evidence on social media of the N450,000 they had received as April 2020 incentive.
“Government rejects the strike threat and will regard persons who fail to show up at their assigned places of work as having forfeited their employment. Every effort will be made to ensure that health facilities keep functioning, staffed by willing workers who will be guaranteed free and safe access to health facilities," it stated.
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