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'Our Lives are in Danger,' -Patients Cry out as OAUTHC Nurses Join JOHESU Strike by katty : April 18, 2018, 04:07:56 PM
Patients receiving medical treatment at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, Osun State and their relations became apprehensive on Wednesday as members of Joint Health Staff Union (JOHESU) in the hospital down tool in compliance with the nationwide indefinite strike declared by national body of the union.

Some of the patients who spoke with Daily Trust on condition of anonymity expressed fear that the strike has subjected their lives to danger.

The National Vice Chairman of JOHESU who is also the President of Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP), Mr Obinna Ogbonna, while addressing members of the union at an emergency congress held in Ife said the union decided to join the strike due to the failure of Federal Government to honour its agreement with the body.

Ogbonna said that Federal Government had on September 30, 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with union on its demands and promised to implement the MoU within five weeks but failed to do so.

He called on Nigerians to prevail on government to meet its demands as agreed.

Ogbonna said JOHESU's unions including National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives(NANNM), Medical and Health Workers Union (MHWUN), Senior Staff Association of University Teaching Hospitals agreed to embark on the indefinite strike after the  30-day working ultimatum given to the Federal Government expired.

"It will be recall that JOHESU suspended its last nationwide strike action on September 30, 2017, after the signing of MoU with the union. For the avoidance of doubt, our demands are, upward adjustment of consolidated health salary structure (COHESS), employment of additional health workers, implementation of court judgement,  upward review of retirement age from 60 to 65 among others.

"However, it is disheartening to note that after six months of the suspension our last strike and still counting, the Federal Government has not done anything tangible on the issues".

"JOHESU unions hereby direct all her members to proceed on an indefinite strike. States and Local Government health institutions are by this, placed on red alert and are to continue intense sensitisation and mobilisation of members for possible entry into the fray if the government foot drags in attending to our demands", he said.

Source : Daily Trust

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