Nigeria: Health Workers Suspend Strike

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The Joint Health Sector Unions [JOHESU], which comprises of all the Nigerian Health Workers, have suspended their three-month old strike following a meeting with Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan. Premium report.

According to the Chairman of JOHESU, Mr Ayuba Wabba, workers are all expected to return back to work starting from Tuesday, Feb. 3.

The suspension of the strike came immediately after the union was able to secure a meeting with President Jonathan, one of the needs the union termed necessary in a communique released two weeks ago.

Since the strike, which lasted three months, doctors ran the affairs of hospitals in Nigeria without help from nurses, laboratory scientists and other workers.

The union members were aggrieved that promises made by the Nigerian government that within three weeks, positive steps would have been taken to see Mr. Jonathan about the adjustment of salaries and other issues were not kept.

The Minister of Health, Khaliru Alhasssan, who also spoke, said it was important to forget all bickering that have happened in the between the JOHESU members and the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, where some doctors were said to be attacked by health workers at Gwarimpa General hospital.

“Negative things that have happened have happened. Let bygones be bygones,” Mr. Alhassan said.



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