Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Kaduna Branch has distanced itself from the ongoing strike action embarked upon by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), urging the Federal Government not to engage with such a group that is not a professional body and not known by the law.
NMA disclosed this during a Press Conference at its Secretariat in Kaduna on Wednesday where the group said that JOHESU is a gang up against the Nigerian people and its government.
NMA said that the purpose of the strike is to sabotage the genuine effort towards ensuring a lasting peace and development of the country’s health sector.
While addressing newsmen, the Chairman of the NMA, Dr. Abdulrahaman Shehu says: “There is no such cadre in the scheme of service of the Federal Republic of Nigeria defined as JOHESU”.
Speaking on the leadership tussle, he further explained that the issue of leadership borders on what is referred to as ‘clinical governance’ in practice.
On the issue of equal pay with doctors, he said: “We wish to reiterate once again that NMA is not against any wage or salary increment or adjustment for health workers, in fact we have advocated wage increment for all Nigerian workers through many of our engagement.
“What other Healthcare worker want incidentally, is not necessarily increase in salary per se, they rather want government to pay them equal pay as doctors.
“This is like an air hostess asking to be paid equally as pilot, or a court clerk asking to be paid equally as a judge”.
NMA described the action of JOHESU as an attempt using back door to becoming medical doctors, saying that the pathway is clear and open for all and every Nigerian citizen to aspire to become a doctor or any other profession.
According to Abdulrahaman, “NMA will not accept any attempt to further distort the existing relativity as agreed and signed in the collective bargaining agreement of 2014.
NMA therefore called on Nigerians not to entertain any fear as there members are fully on ground to attend to patients.
“We have gone extra miles to cover for the absence of the allied health professionals in some of the facilities particularly the federal tertiary health facilities”, he said.
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