Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has accused Federal Government of creating acrimony in the country’s health sector by alleged unilateral appointment of members into boards of federal hospitals.
National Vice-Chairman of JOHESU, Felix Faniran, spoke yesterday while addressing journalists at Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, stressing that the development has created bickering and division among medical personnel and the country’s health sector has never had it so bad.
“Aside from the medical doctors who are members of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), other workers in the country’s health sector are currently on strike to protest high level of injustice meted to them by Federal Government.”
• Condemn growing tendencies towards violence, impunity by political class
• Want stronger collaboration between pharmaceutical industries, academia in research, drug development
WORRIED that the ongoing industrial action by over 80 per cent of the nations health workforce may lead to the reemergence of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and other deadly infectious diseases, pharmacists under the aegis of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) have alerted the federal government to urgently resolve the trade dispute even as they condemned the growing tendencies towards violence and impunity by the political class at both Federal and State levels.
The pharmacists alerted the Federal Government of the grave consequences of the health workers strike especially the vulnerability of the nation to the EVD other disease states after a World Health Organisation (WHO) clean bill as the surveillance of the ports of entry by health workers remains threatened by the avoidable industrial action.