Kaduna health workers begin strike on Saturday

Alhaji-Ramalan-Yero 600By Lawal A. Dogara

The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) Kaduna branch said on Thursday it has concluded all arrangements to embark on indefinite strike on Saturday 1st March to demand for the consolidated health salary structure of its members.

The Union has already directed all its members in the state to remain at home from midnight Tomorrow, 28th February till their demands were paid.

Addressing a press conference, the State Chairperson of the Union, Comrade Cecilia Musa said the strike became necessary as all efforts to make the state government fulfil its promises in that regard was not successful.

“The strike will commence on 1st March and we are urging all our members to sit by their television set at home until they hear from us. We are not going to lock any gate ,all we are saying is for our members to remain at home and we hope no life will be lost in the struggle,” she stressed.

The Chairperson also lamented on the lackadaisical attitude of the state government towards the health sector,saying presently the sector suffered shortage of health workers operating in state own hospitals.

“The situation is pathetic because according to WHO, a nurse (ought ) to attend to 6 patients, but as it is today in Kaduna, a nurse takes care of 30-40 patients a day leading to stress among the health workers in the state.

“There is need for urgent employment of health workers in the state or the sector will crash because of mass retirement and movement of staff to other states where the CONHESS is paid,” she said.

According to her, the union believes a strike action shouldn’t be the solution to the problem because the workers believe dialogue should always be a solution to any problem.

” We are in a civilized world which was why the union gave the state government a month to solve the problem in the past meeting we had with them ;but since they refused to fulfil their promise, we are left with no option than to embark on strike,” she added.

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