Nigeria’s Health Minister, Ehanire Osagie, has appealed to the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) to suspend its nationwide strike.
“Nigeria needs the service of all our health workers to control the spread of COVID-19. Issues around allowances are multi-sectoral and have always been saved with negotiations no matter how long it took.”
Dr. Ehanire who spoke today, September 14 at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, called on the striking health workers to return to work and start negotiating, citing the Coronavirus pandemic.
“I use this opportunity to appeal to JOHESU to suspend their industrial action and go into negotiation.
“The position of the Ministry of Health is that strikes by healthcare workers jeopardise the lives of citizens, especially at such times of global health emergencies as now.
The health workers commenced a nationwide strike on midnight of September 13 after claiming that the government failed to pay allowances for services rendered during the COVID-19 pandemic and other welfare packages earlier agreed upon.