The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire
The Federal Government has called on the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) to call off its nationwide strike.
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire who made the call on Monday during a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja also asked the striking workers to come to the negotiation table .
Ohanire said “The position of the Ministry of Health is that strikes by healthcare workers jeopardise the lives of citizens, especially at such times of global health emergencies as now.
“Nigeria needs the service of all our health workers to control the spread of COVID-19. Issues around allowances are multi-sectoral and have always been saved with negotiations no matter how long it took.”
The minister’s plea comes hours after JOHESU President, Dr. Biobelomoye Josiah, asked the federal government to attend to its demands with the same seriousness is attached to those of the National Association of Resident Doctors.
The residents’ doctors, under NARD, also downed tools last week but called it off days after coming to an agreement with federal government representatives.
JOHESU is the umbrella body of health workers’ unions and associations, including the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria, Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Non-Academic Staff of Educational and Associated Institutions, and Senior Staff Association of Universities’ Teaching Hospitals Research Institutes and Associated Institutions.
The ministry of labour had said the strike was ill-timed and illegal.
It asked JOHESU to shelve the action and return to the negotiation table.