Health Workers Set To Resume Strike, Wednesday
Barring any last minute intervention by the Federal Government, health workers under the auspices of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHP), have mobilized their members to proceed on an indefinite strike, beginning from Wednesday, 18th April.
The resumption of the industrial action is predicated on alleged delay tactics and deliberate foot-dragging of the Federal Government in approving the adjustment of Consolidated Health Salary Scale (CONHESS) similar to what was done for medical doctors’ Consolidated Medical Salary Scale (CONMESS) since January 2014 and also replicated with yet another approval for the same CONMESS in September 2017 for the medical doctors.
The health workers’ grievances also stem from poor access to healthcare in the country, lack of strategies to institutionalise public health reforms to counter the menace of clinical disease like Lassa fever, Ebola and monkey-pox in the country.
The strike, which might devastate the entire health system in the country, is being championed by Medical and Health Workers Unions of Nigeria (MHWUN), National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAM), Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) and Non Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutes (NASU).
JOHESU Chairman Comrade Biobelemoye Josiah told reporters that a window of 48 hours has been kept open to enable government authorities intervene to avert the strike.
Smaller health institutions within states and local government areas have been placed on red alert to continue mobilization while they await further directive to join the strike.
JOHESU had on September 30th 2017 suspended a nationwide strike after a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, was signed to kick off the implementation of some of the demands raised by the unions within five weeks.