BY ODIRI UCHENUNU-IBEH, Lagos
The Nigerian Union Of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) and the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) have directed their members nationwide to shut down healthcare services come 30th September, 2017 if government refuses to meet their demands.
LEADERSHIP Sunday learnt that NUAHP and JOHESU are demanding the following: “Revamping the infrastructure in the tertiary health institutions, Report of the inter-ministerial sub-committee on critical matters in the health sector, Professional autonomy, Headship of departments/units in hospitals, Enhanced entry point (EEP) for medical laboratory scientists and Radiographers and Non- payment of backlog of arrears.”
The president, NUAHP, Dr. Obinna Ogbonna said other discriminatory attitudes by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) to other Health care Professionals are what they called introduction of partisan and discriminatory remuneration packages in favour of medical practitioners and the non–Circularization and Implementation of Adjusted CONHESS Salary Structure as done for the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).
Ogbonna said, “It is disheartening to note that the FMOH has been turned to the Federal Ministry of Medical Practitioners. It is highly vivid that the Minister of State for Health, Minister of Health and the Minister of Labour and Employment (FML&E) all being Medical Practitioners are bias in how they handle demands of other Health care Professionals under the aegis of NUAHP or JOHESU.
“This was glaringly displayed in the way they negotiated and agreed on all issues presented by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD). This act of discrimination, double standard and preferential treatment of the Medical Practitioners in the Health sector is highly discriminatory and lucid act of favoritism and injustice were all displayed during the process of negotiation,” he added.
Ogbonna however urged well meaning Nigerians and the Royal fathers to intervene and prevail on government to implement all agreements and memorandum of understanding reached with NUAHP/JOHESU on or before the expiration of the ultimatum to avert the looming industrial action.