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JOHESU Strike Paralyses Activities At FMC Keffi

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Activities at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Keffi in Nasarawa State, have been grounded following nationwide strike embarked upon by the members of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), at the institution.

JOHESU branch chairman of FMC Keffi, Achimugu Isaiah, made this known yesterday while declaring the indefinite strike during the union’s meeting in Keffi.

Our correspondent gathered that all other health workers complied with the strike directive except medical doctors, who are not members of JOHESU.

Some of the demands of JOHESU includes upward review of salary scale, employment of additional health professionals, review of retirement age from 60 years to 65 years, implementation of court judgment among others.

The branch chairman said that they have decided to joine their colleagues in the nationwide indefinite strike following directive from the national body over failure of the federal government to meet up with the demands of the union.

“The primary aim of every health worker is to see  that the welfare of patients is improved but health workers have no option rather than to embark on the strike in order to improve on the health status of Nigerians.

“If we will recall, last year September, federal government  and JOHESU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the assurance that they will within five weeks implement the demands of the  union. But, this is six months and nothing has been done by the federal government. We have been given the mandate by our national body to embark on a full strike”.

“It is on this note and based on the strength and power given to me by sister unions, I declare the indefinite strike as directed by our national body. No implementation, no coming back to work”, he said.

Reacting, Dr.Luka Samuel, the Acting Medical Director of the centre appealed to JOHESU members to have a rethink and return back to work  in the interest of the poor masses who can’t afford private hospitals.

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