JOHESU health workers suspend nationwide strike

JOHESU health workers suspend nationwide strike

- Health workers under the aegis of JOHESU have suspended their nationwide industrial action

- The suspension of the strike was announced by JOHESU’s chairman Biobelemoye Josiah

- JOHESU workers have been directed to resume work immediately

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The seven-day warning strike by health workers in the country under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) has been suspended.

JOHESU’s chairman and president of the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Biobelemoye Josiah disclosed that the strike was suspended due to resolutions met at an expanded National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Sunday, September 20.

JOHESU health workers suspend nationwide strike
Reliefs for Nigerians as health workers under JOHESU union suspend nationwide strike. Photo credits: Africa Check
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The union has directed its members to resume work on Monday, September 21, This Day reported.

"In line with the resolutions at the expanded NEC meeting held on Sunday, September 20, 2020, I hereby declare that the seven-day warning strike is suspended. All our members are directed to resume work by Monday, September 21, 2020, while awaiting further directives,” JOHESU’s chairman said.

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Legit.ng had reported that JOHESU on Sunday, September 13, instructed its workers throughout Nigeria to down their tools.

JOHESU disclosed that is latest decision came after the federal government in a conciliatory meeting held on Saturday, September 12, failed to give a concrete promise to meet its conditions.

But reacting to the strike, the federal government described the industrial action as ill-timed and unnecessary.

The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, has faulted the strike due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Ngige said the federal government is still committed to the welfare of members of the JOHESU and further added that the strike will only bring more damage to the health sector.

Meanwhile, the federal government has cautioned Nigerians not to abandon necessary the COVID-19 prevention measures as vaccines will not be available until 2021.

Channels TV reported that the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, made this known during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Thursday, September 17, in Abuja.

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In other news, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that citizens will continue to wear face masks and use hand sanitisers until an approved vaccine for COVID-19 is found. The NCDC stressed that Nigerians have no choice at the moment than to stick to the hygiene measures including rules on social distancing.

Ihekweazu described face shields and mask as constituting a key component of Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) procedures in all medical settings.

Still on health news, the federal government has said that it is not compulsory for children under the age of five to wear face masks because the COVID-19 fatality rate among them is less than 0.3%.

Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health, revealed this while speaking during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja. Read

In a report by The Nation, Ehanire explained that since children within that particular age group are not expected to be in school, they don’t have to wear masks because it may cause some discomfort for them.

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