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#JOHESUStrike2018: Open Letter to Future JOHESU and NMA Members by katty : May 19, 2018, 04:52:31 PM
Dear colleagues,

I write this piece to remind us that we were never this bitter to ourselves while in medical school, we all rolled together as friends and we watch each others back as students. Even though we had separate departments, all student associations had a common union in which we were all together and we all worked together for the interest of the Union. Whenever any other departmental association was having their week or something to celebrate we all supported them irrespective of our course of study. The exco in the union comprised of members of various departments and there was no rivalry or ill feelings towards anyone. We were united, we worked together and we supported ourselves without prejudice. I can go on and on and give practical examples of how we supported ourselves to make things work.

But it baffles me how when we left school and suddenly realised how different we are. We claim membership of JOHESU while the other claim membership of NMA and from that moment, we fail to realize we were coming from the same place, the institution where we once worked together as one without sentiment or rivalry. My question is, Who has bewitched us? Who has poisoned our hearts and minds towards one another? Because I strongly believe if we are still maintaining that spirit of solidarity and comradeship, we won't be having this selfish chaos and rivalry in the health sector even though we belong to two separate bodies.

I had to write this piece when I started seeing all the harsh words, insults and bitter comments towards each other. Even among my guys that back then in school we supported each others campaign at the student level politics not minding the department we belong but today all because of the fight which our responsible elders have laid down in the health sector all in the name of JOHESU and NMA we then see ourselves as enemies even as young as we are in the profession, now tell me what will become of us in the near future if we don't stand as one to curb or kill this ugly snake now before it becomes a dragon in our time.

On this note I want to call on everyone especially the young members of both arms (JOHESU and NMA) to remember that we once had one spirit, one struggle, one goal and one fight back then in school until we came out and realised how these bodies (JOHESU and NMA) tore us apart. If we can work in this same same spirit putting all other selfish gains aside, the health sector would be at peace because we will support each others struggle and advice each other on how to do things which will in turn improve patient health out come.

To make the Universal Health Coverage work, to make patients come out healthy, to make Nigeria's health sector robust. We need to shun situations like this that crumbles the health sector and our union. Let's also not make this extend beyond the period of this strike because there's basically one soul to lose, the patient.



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