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Health workers threaten strike

by Muhammad Sani

By Haruna Gimba

Health workers under the auspices of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and the Assembly of Healthcare Professionals (AHPA) have issued a 15-day ultimatum to federal government to look into their demands or face an industrial action.

The health workers have been having a protracted dispute with the federal government over a number of demands.

In the ultimatum which became effective from February 3, the health workers demands for the implementation of a circular on promotion from CONHESS 14 to 15, and the reconstitution of what the coalition calls lopsided composition of the board of management of teaching hospitals among others.

However, Health Reporters gathered that Medical doctors are not part of the threat of the healthcare workers strike.

JOHESU is made up of five registered unions in health sector namely, Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Senior Staff Association of Universities, Health Professionals, Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions.

According to a letter signed by presidents of member associations, JOHESU said its members would embark on a nationwide strike if their demands were not address on or before February 17.

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