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* News / FMOH Demands Report on Human and Financial Cost Implication of JOHESU Strike by katty: April 20, 2018, 11:26:49 PM
The Federal ministry of health has directed all Chief Medical Directors, Medical Directors, Registrars, CEOs, Heads of parastatals and agencies of institutions of the Ministry to keep record of events in respect to human and financial cost implications of the ongoing JOHESU Strike
 
In a Circular  dated 20th April 2018, the Head department of hosptial services Dr Amedu O.J on behalf of the honorable minister of health noted that they 'compile the daily shortfall of patients flow and services lost, as well as the consequent mortalities due to the strike, to enable you repprt on the human and finanial cost and losses to government to be forwarded to the Director hospital services on weekly basis to directordhs5@gmail.com and amedu.amedu@gmail.com
* News / #JOHESUStrike2018 JOHESU Full Press Statement on Govt Bias Against Health Worker by katty: April 20, 2018, 10:51:14 PM
TEXT OF A PRESS CONFERENCE READ BY THE NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT HEALTH SECTOR UNIONS (JOHESU) ON FRIDAY, 20" APRIL 2018, AT THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH WORKERS' UNION OF NIGERIA, NATIONAL SECRETARIAT, AYUBA WABBA HOUSE, DURUMI DISTRICT, ABUJA
 
The attention of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has been drawn to a circular letter from the Federal Ministry of Health on the on-going strike by JOHESU members and wish to once again to intimate the general public to the bias, injustice and provocative antics of the Federal ministry of Health, particularly items 1 (iv), (v) and 3 of the said letter, viz;
 
a. Ensuring attendance register was opened during strike.
b. Enforcement of 'NO WORK NO PAY" policy.
c. Employment of locum staff, respectively.
 
While JOHESU is not averse to the protection of government properties, we wish to reiterate that whenever the Medical and Dental Practitioners were on strike no such rules as churned out in the circular are always enforced.
 
We wish to draw the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and the general public to the discriminatory, suppressive, and oppressive attitude of the drivers of the health sector to all health workers other than Medical Doctors in managing health care delivery in Nigeria.
 
It is on record that patients are always hurriedly discharged and diverted to their private clinics whenever Medical Doctors are on strike and thereby preventing other health workers from performing their duties and nothing like locum doctors employed to serve the public nor registers opened to enforce compliance; while the policy of "NO WORK NO PAY'. has never been applied to the strike mongers who call themselves Medical Doctors.
 
Our attention has equally been drawn to an egoistic and self serving Press Conference by the leadership of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) where they branded JOHESU an illegal body which should not be listened to by government and the general public.
 
It is indeed fool hardy for NMA to go to town with such fallacy when JOHESU, a conglomerate of five duly registered and recognized trade unions by law and has all rights and privileges to negotiate for the welfare of its mernbers, is being described as illegal.
 
It is the case of a blind group of people, who know nothing about Trade Unionism/Industrial Relations practice, that wants to mislead the public on which is a legal or illegal Trade Union.
 
For the avoidance of doubt, JOHESU is comprised of five duly registered Trade Unions via;
1. Medical and Health Workers' Union of Nigeria (MHWUN)
2. National AssociatiOn of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM)
3. Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAI)
4. Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP)
5. Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions (NASU).
 
While these unions have rights to go on strike collectively or separately, NMA and ARD have no such rights but they behave as Trade Unions and enjoy recognition and patronage of the Federal Ministry of Health and sit with government to negotiate for their members under the watchful eyes of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment just because the Minister of Labour, who should be an arbiter but chooses to close his eyes to such illegality, is himself a Medical Doctor.
 
We call on our members nationwide to disregard all forms of threat or intimidation from government and ensure that services are withdrawn until our demands are met.
We call on government to ensure equity and justice in the health sector instead of putting the health of Nigerians in jeopardy by resolving the issues on the table rather than churning out threatening circulars on registers, locum and "NO WORK NO PAY" that have no universal application, as a diversionary tactics.
 
We want the public to know that what is playing out appears to be a situation where NMA and ARD, on one hand, and government, on the other, have gone into an unholy alliance to fight against other health workers rights, even in a situation where doctors and other health workers remain the employees of the same government.
 
We implore govemment to make every efforts to make the strike short lived, in the interest of the poor and vulnerable Nigerians and not engage in activities that will further infuriate health workers and exacerbate an already bad situation.
 
We have already directed other health workers in the states and Local Governments to mobilize and join in the strike action, nationwide, if government allows it to linger for the next two weeks, from the beginning of the strike which started 12 midnight of Tuesday, 17th April, 2018.
 
When that happens, the government should be held responsible and not JOHESU Leadership
Thank you. 
 
Com. Biobelemo Josiah National Chair(JOHESU)
Com. Florence Ekpebor National Secretary (J0HESU)
* News / Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Commends Ondo Govt Over Merger by katty: April 20, 2018, 10:45:32 PM
Nursing And Midwifery Council Commends Ondo Govt Over Merger Of State Nursing School With UNIMED

The Ondo State Government has been commended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, (NMCN) over its approval of the absorption of the state-owned Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in Akure and Ondo by the University of Medical Sciences, UNIMED, Ondo.

A letter of commendation addressed to the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN and signed by the Secretary General/ Registrar of the Council, Alhaji Faruk Umar Abubakar, a copy of which was made available to newsmen, described the move by UNIMED to establish a Faculty of Nursing Sciences as heartwarming to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.

 While assuring the State Government of its desire to work harmoniously with it at making excellence the hallmark of  Nursing Education and Practice in the state, NMCN also informed Governor Akeredolu of the resolution of the Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria at its 43rd General Meeting of the upgrade of the State School of Nursing and Midwifery to a College of Nursing.

It will be recalled that the State Executive Council recently approved the affiliation of the State's Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in Akure and Ondo to the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo.
* News / #JOHESUStrike2018 Federal Ministry Of Health Invites CMDs To meetings by katty: April 20, 2018, 10:35:13 PM
In a letter with Ref Number DHS/166/T2/195 dated 19th April 2018 To Chairmen, Chief Medical Directors (CM Ds), Medical Directors (MDs), Of Teaching Hospitals, Federal Medical Centres, Specialty Hospitals. Tittled: RE: CURRENT STRIKE BY THE JOINT HEALTH SECTOR UNIONS (JOHESU)
 
The letter signed by Dr. O.J. Amedu, mni the Head, Department of Hospital Services for the Honourable Minister read:
 
I wish to present the best complement of the Honourable Minister.
 
You will recall that the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) commenced a nationwide strike at midnight of 17. April, 2018.
 
As a fallout of this, and to keep you abreast of Government's position on the strike, you are kindly invited to a meeting with the Honourable Minister, scheduled as follows:
 
DATE: Tuesday, 24. April, 2018
TIME: 10:00am prompt.
VENUE: State House Banquet Hall Annex (To be confirmed).
 
Attendance at this meeting is mandatory please.
* News / #JOHESUStrike2018 JOHESU Accuses Adewole, Ngige of Working only for Doctors by katty: April 20, 2018, 09:16:58 PM
Health workers under the auspices of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has accused the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and his Labour and Employment counterpart, Senator Chris Ngige of collaborating with Medical Doctors to frustrate their demands

The workers who began an indefinite strike action on Tuesday night also accused the government of intimidating its members by threatening to invoke the no work no pay Policy as well as opening an attendance register for workers instead of addressing the issues that led to the strike in the first place.

They said that no amount of threat and intimidation will force the, to abandon their fight for equity and justice in the health sector.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja on the ongoing strike and government response, national chairman of the JOHESU, Biobelemoye Joy Josiah said while government has always promptly dealt with demands by medical doctors, applying Labour laws even when the NMA and the NARD were not registered trade unions, the government has resorted to threats and intimidation in handling issues relating to other health workers.

He said this was so because both the Ministers of Health as well as Labour and Employment who is supposed to be an arbiter are medical doctors, adding that government and medical doctors have gone into what he described as an unholy alliance to fight against other medical workers.

He said “the attention of the Joint Health Sector Unions has been drawn to a circular letter from the Federal Ministry of Health on the ongoing strike by JOHESU members and wish to once again to intimate the general public to bias, I justice and provocative antics of the federal ministry of health, particular items 1(iv, v) and 3 of the said letter directing that attendance register is opened during strike, enforcement of no work, no pay Policy and employment of locus staff respectively.

“While JOHESU is not averse to the protection of government t properties, we wish to reiterate that whenever the Medical and dental practitioners were on strike, no such rules as churned out in the circular are always given.

“We wish to draw the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari and the general public to the discriminatory, suppressive and oppressive attitude of the drivers of the Health Sector to all workers other than medical doctors in managing health care delivery in Nigeria.

“It is in record that patients are always hurriedly discharged and diverted to their private clinics whenever medical doctors are on strike and thereby preventing other health workers from performing their duties and nothing like locus, doctors employed to serve the public, nor registers opened to enforce co plain English while the policy of no work no pay has never been applied to the strike mangers who call themselves medical doctors.

“Our attention has equally been drawn to an egoistic and self-serving press conference by the leadership of the Niger Medical Association (NMA) where they branded JOHESU An illegal body which should not be listened to by government t and the general public.

“It is wed foolhardy doe NMA to go to town with such fallacy when JOHESU, a conglomerate of five duly registered and recognized trade unions by law and has all rights and privileges to Kate for the welfare of its ,embers, is being described as illegal. It is the case of a blind group of people who know nothing about trade unions and industrial relations practice, that wants to mislead the public on which is a legal or illegal trade union.

“While these unions have right to go on strike collectively or separately, the NMA and ARD have no such rights but they behave as trade unions and enjoy recognition and patronage of the federal ministry of health and sit with government to negotiate for their members under the watchful eyes of the federal ministry of Labour and Employment just because the Minister of Labour who should be an arbiter but choose to close his eyes to such illegality is himself a medical doctor.

“We call on our members nationwide to disregard all forms of threat or intimidation from government and ensure that services are withdrawn until our demands are met. We call on government to ensure equity and justice in the health sector instead of putting the health of Nigerians in jeopardy by resolving the issues on the the table rather than churning out threatening circulars on registers, Locum and no work no pay that have no universal application as a diversionary tactics.”

“We want the public to know that what is playing out appears to be a situation NMA and ARD on the one hand and government in the other has gone into an unholy alliance to fight against health workers right, even in a situation where doctors and other health workers remain the employees of the same government.

“We implore government to make every effort to make the strike short lived in the interest of the poor and vulnerable Nigerians and not engage in activities that will further infuriate health workers and exacerbate an already bad situation.”

Source :The Nation Newspaper
* News / Zimbabwe nurses stage public protest after being sacked by katty: April 20, 2018, 08:44:31 PM
Scores of Zimbabwe nurses on Friday protested in Harare's central city park after the government dismissed them for striking over low salaries and poor working conditions.

The nurses, who wore their white uniforms, demanded the government reverse its decision to fire the majority of the 15 000 nurses after they took industrial action on Monday.

Their walk-out came shortly after doctors ended a month-long strike last week.

"We want to go back to work but we cannot go back when we do not have enough resources," Pretty Gudza, a Harare-based nurse told AFP. "We are putting our lives at risk."

Government hospitals are failing to stock drugs, forcing patients to buy from private pharmacies, she said.

Charles Murira, a midwife, said the situation in hospitals was dire following government's decision to fire the nurses.

"The situation is so bad, patients are dying. The wards are closed, there are no nurses, they have been fired and barred to work in hospitals," Murira said.

Zimbabwe's Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, dismissed the nurses on Tuesday, accusing them of being "politically motivated".

But Murira said: "We are apolitical. We are patriotic, we are not politicians."

"When the vice president chased us we feel threatened in Zimbabwe, this is our country, our land, we cannot do anything negative to our country," he added.

Ordinary citizens and rights activists joined the nurses' protest, highlighting their concerns at the stand-off.

Both the striking healthcare workers and supporters wrote letters demanding the nurses get re-hired, putting them in boxes to be handed over to the government.

On the boxes were inscriptions "Bring back our nurses now" and "#Dear VP".

The government has already started hiring retired and unemployed nurses to fill the vacant posts.

New President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has vowed to tackle the country's dire economic crisis that created mass unemployment, emigration and a severe shortage of banknotes.

Zimbabwe is due to hold elections in July or August, the first since Robert Mugabe's shock fall from power in November.

Source : AFP
* News / #JOHESUStrike2018:Drama as Patients Hold Doctors, Hospital Management Hostage by katty: April 20, 2018, 06:02:42 PM
Drama ensued at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu as patients held doctors and some management staff hostage for refusing them access to medical treatment following ongoing strike by health workers.

The patients and their relatives, according to reports, blocked the main entrance to the hospital and prevented movements.

Some of the patients told News Agency of Nigeria that since they were discharged, they could not pay their bills due to absence of account officers adding that the security prevented them from leaving without obtaining clearance from the management.
One of the patients who spoke in anonymity said that due to pressure on the management, a director in the accounts department attended to very few of them but could not ascertain the bills.

“On Thursday, we waited for the cashiers to attend to us but in vain until a director in the accounts department came to our rescue and unfortunately, he could not trace our folders.

“Today, the man is nowhere to be found and all efforts to reach him on phone failed. Many of us are dying and we are not allowed to seek medical attention elsewhere until we clear our bills,’’ the patient said.

Another patient, Mr Oliver said he was booked for a surgery but could not leave the hospital adding that he had made alternative plans for the operation but the security prevented them from leaving the hospital.

“I am in serious pains and my wound has not been dressed for three days. I was booked for a surgery and my doctor said I needed to be operated urgently before it becomes gangrenous,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, some management staff pleaded with the patients to remain calm as efforts are being made to clear them.

Efforts to reach the Chief Medical Director, Dr C.U. Nwadinigwe failed but the Head of Accounts and Finance, Mr Titus Madu surfaced around 12.30 pm and started attending to the patients.

Concise News gathered that the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) comprising all paramedics including nurses, laboratory attendants and administrative staff of Federal Government health institutions across the country on Wednesday embarked on an indefinite strike.

NAN
* News / #JOHESUStrike2018: Patients Leave Hospitals in Droves by katty: April 20, 2018, 05:57:53 PM
Patients in tertiary health institutions in Cross River State are now leaving hospitals in droves.

DAILY POST correspondent who visited some health institutions in the state observed that some of the hospital beds were empty.

The Chairman, Committee of Chief Medical Directors of Federal Tertiary Hospitals and Medical Centres, Prof Thomas Agan regretted the strike action embarked upon by JOHESU.

He said on Friday, “But with this strike, the ward is about 75% empty compared to what is used to be because there has never been a time where the ward has not been less than 80% filled.

As I’ve always said, it’s unfortunate. It’s a strike that is arising out of demand of improved welfare of the health worker.

“It is true that JOHESU had placed demands on the federal government and I am aware that they had an MoU which was to be executed either fully or partly and as I’m made to understand, none of the conditions was adhered to by the government.

He said that JOHESU went out on strike because of anger that the government seems not to be listening to them. “It’s unfortunate that many people will lose their lives both old and young.

“Very unfortunate and I sincerely regret and feel bad that the health sector is being paralyzed because of welfare matters. It’s just the major operations that we cannot carry out right now.

He said that a lot of patients have requested to go home and you cannot keep the patients because if anything goes wrong, he has the right to sue.

On revenue, the CMD lamented that revenue in the hospital has crashed, “Definitely revenue has crashed beyond what you are expecting because you know even those who are supposed to make bills and bring the revenue in have to go on strike. It’s an unfortunate situation.

“At my own level which is the committee of CMDs, we feel pained that this matter is still lingering because at the end of it, we are the ones who are sitting at the border.

“At the end of the day, government will ask us what did you do, how did you manage the situation and what happened.

“We will continue to work with the government to ensure that all lingering issues in the health sector are handled. All we need to do is to trust one another, have respect for one another and also for human lives.

“The lives we are protecting may be our own lives, and like I always tell people, the death of one person may mean zero percent to the nation but it can mean 100 percent to the family directly involved,” he stated.
Source : Daily Post
* News / Zimbabwe: Dismissed Striking Nurses Vow Legal Challenge to Dismissal by katty: April 20, 2018, 05:54:27 PM
The organization representing more than 15,000 striking nurses in Zimbabwe vowed a legal battle unless the government reverses its order to fire strikers from state-run hospitals.

"We are forced to approach the courts to intervene," Enoch Dongo, secretary general of the Zimbabwe Nurses Association, said Thursday.

Nurses went on strike Monday to demand better pay, better equipment for medical facilities and a bigger budget for the country's fragile health sector.

Zimbabwe Vice President Constantino Chiwenga announced late Tuesday that striking nurses would be fired immediately and would be replaced "in the interest of patients and of saving lives."

On Thursday, Dongo said the nurses had not received formal letters of dismissal. "At the moment," he added, "we are still employed, we are still government employees."

Dongo said he'd seen accounts that the government was recruiting retired nurses to replace the strikers.

Dr. David Parirenyatwa, Zimbabwe's health minister, told state broadcaster ZBC that nurses who have been dismissed must reapply for jobs if they want to return. "I must add that we do want our committed nurses to come to work," he said, adding that the country is experiencing a nursing shortage.

Dongo accused the government of unwillingness to negotiate, saying that stance has worsened health care conditions.

Cancer patient Edmore Siyakurima, who comes to the capital city for routine treatments, said the standoff presents a health risk to patients.

"Some like us get medication with three-week intervals. If we skip when we come to get injections, then the medication we take ceases to be useful," Siyakurima told VOA.

Siyakurima said the burden also falls on patients' relatives and friends, who share in what can be costly and inconvenient trips to and from the hospital.

Moline Chindove had been getting daily treatments for her swollen feet at Harare's Parirenyatwa public hospital, named for the official's father, a former health minister.

"My family has gathered funds for me to seek treatment in South Africa, because the hospitals here are closed," she told VOA.

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said he intends to revive the economy, which shrank during the second half of former president Robert Mugabe's 30-year-rule. Mugabe was pushed out in November.

"Unreasonable wage demands, or worse, obdurate industrial action will hurt this recovery process," Mnangagwa's spokesman, George Charamba, told the state-owned Herald newspaper, according to French news agency AFP.

The nurses' labor action follows a recent monthlong strike by Zimbabwe's junior medical doctors. On Wednesday, the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights, along with Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, issued a statement saying they were "appalled by the government's arbitrary decision to dismiss all striking workers."

The Zimbabwe Teachers Union, which has threatened to strike next month for better pay, also denounced the dismissals.

This story originated in VOA Africa Division's English-to-Africa Service. The Zimbabwe Service's Thomas Chiripasi also contributed from Harare.
Source : VOA
* News / Comnet College of Health Sciences Shut Down by General Nursing Council of Zambia by katty: April 20, 2018, 01:04:30 PM
The General Nursing Council of Zambia (GNCZ) have shutdown Comnet College of Health Sciences and Arts in Chingola for operating illegally as a Nursing School.

And the Council had also order Citizens University of Nchanga North in the same district to stop offering nursing courses until it puts in place improved training standards.



Speaking after a tour of Colleges, GNCZ Spokesperson Tom Yung’ana said it was disappointing that Citizens University had even gone ahead to recruit over 100 students for nursing course before being licensed.

“For you, you have even gone ahead masquerading as a College that has been approved to train nurses and consequently you have started recruiting students. We have a combination of what you are calling registered student nurse and clinical officer meanwhile you are not regirstred to do that,” Yung’ana said.

And Comnet College of Health Sciences and Arts Acting Registrar Green Teleka pleaded with the Council that the college be given time to regularise documents.

He admitted that the institution was wrong and stood ready to correct the situation.

“What we are just pleading, yes we are wrong we are just pleading. We intend to do this. Since we have been doing this with other courses, we prepared ourselves even with that building we did everything,” the visibly shaken Teleka said.

Meanwhile, at Citizens University, Mr Yong’ana was disappointed that unsuspecting Citizens were being duped of their monies by institutions that are not registered.

“today we have asked managed of this campus to stop training those students because this institution is not registered with us”, He stated.

And Citizens University Registrar Kay Muyunga said the institution was not aware of some of the requirements and was ready to formalise its documents

Source : Zambia Reports
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