By Chioma Obinna
LAGOS – The fragile peace in the nation’s health sector received fresh threat, yesterday as members of the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, vowed to embark on a nationwide indefinite strike from Monday, should the Federal Government fail to meet their demands.
In a letter entitled: “Notice of 15 Days Final Ultimatum” addressed to the Federal Ministry of Health, FMOH, JOHESU listed their demands to include: Non-skipping of consolidated health salary skill, CONHESS,10, National Health Bill, Presidential committee report on marmony in the health sector and promotion of health professionals from CONHESS 14 to 15.
Other demands are consultancy and specialist allowance, call shift and other professional allowances, implementation of 2008 Job Evaluation Committee report, re-constitution of Boards of management of teaching and other tertiary hospitals and appointment of ministers of health.
The letter signed by the acting secretary of the union, Comrade Yusuf Badmus noted that members of JOHESU decided to embark on the indefinite strike after it met with its members to deliberate on issues bothering on welfare of members, restructuring of the health sector, National Health Bill and the state of the nation.
According to the letter, despite the series of meetings held with officials of the Federal Ministry of Health to attend to the demands of JOHESU, the demands still linger.
Explaining the various demands, the acting secretary in the letter urged the Minister of Health to reverse and stop further directives to the Chief Medical Directors in the tertiary health institutions to implement the circular on non-skipping of salary CONHESS 10 which he said had been the cause of incessant strikes in the hospitals.
JOHESU further called on the head of services of the federation to immediately withdraw the circular in question which is causing havoc in the hospitals, adding that JOHESU has submitted all relevant documents sufficient enough to back up skipping of CONHESS 10 to his office long enough through the Ministry of Health.
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