The health sector is heading for an imminent crisis as the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) have vowed to cripple activities in all federal government health facilities.
JOHESU had resolved to give a 15-day ultimatum beginning February 3, 2016 and to resume the suspended strike if their 10 point demands are not met.
The ultimatum expires on Wednesday and the group has threatened to proceed on strike.
A copy of the associations’ warning note, addressed to Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SFG), the Head of Civil Service of the Federation and copied to some of the security agencies and which was signed by JOHESU’s Chairman, Biobelemoye Josiah, noted that unless government meets it’s demand, it will resume the suspended strike.
The unions decried the continued marginalisation of its members which contribute 95 percent of health care providers in the country.
The demand of the JOHESU include implementation of new circular on promotion of its members from CONHESS 14 to 15 as directors which places premium on the need to sanction defaulting hospital managements.
Other demands are the immediate and full payment of arrears of the skipping of CONHESS 10 which it said had remained outstanding since the year 2010. It also demanded that the federal ministry of health come up with a circular on residency programmes for all health professionals in Nigeria to ensure professional capacity development in the health sector and also sponsor an amendment bill to that effect.