The Kaduna State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress on Friday threw its weight behind the industrial action embarked upon by health workers in the state.
The health workers strike, which commenced on March 1, 2014 has grounded activities in hospitals and other health facilities across the state, forcing families to evacuate their sick folks to private clinics in the state.
Meanwhile, acute diarrhea and vomiting had hit five local governments areas in the state, leaving the victims without medical attention as a result of the health workers’ strike.
The development has forced the NLC in the state to call on the state government to urgently address the demands of the striking health workers so that they could go back to work in the interest of the people.
Chairman of the NLC, Kaduna State council, Adamu Ango, who spoke to journalists on Friday in Kaduna, appealed to Governor Mukhtar Yero to honour the agreement of the state with the health workers on August 14, 2011.
“There was an agreement between the Kaduna State Government and Joint Health Sector Association and Union over the implementation of 30 per cent CONHESS Balance Health workers but up till now, the state government has refused to honour the signed agreement between the two parties,” he said.
Areas hit by the acute diarrhea and vomiting are Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Sabon Gari, Zaria and Igabi Local Government Areas.
Mallam Hamza Ikara, an official of the Kaduna State Primary Health Care Agency, said the agency was fully aware of the outbreak and investigation was going on.
“This morning, we went round to see the situation and we found out there were serious cases in Government Girls Secondary School, Kawo, where about 16 students have been affected and right now, they are in a private hospital receiving treatment,” he said.
He identified unhygienic environment and lack of good portable drinking water as being responsible for outbreak, calling on the people in the state to be conscious of their health.