The head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, has expressed concern over the spate of industrial crises in the health sector saying, “incessant strikes in public sector are counterproductive.”
According to her, Nigeria has been losing foreign exchange drain estimated at about $2 billion yearly, due to loss of confidence in the health system. She also expressed concern over what she described as lack of teamwork in the health sector workplace leading to rivalry between medical doctors, pharmacists and other allied workers.
Oyo-Ita, who was represented by director, (Special Services) in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, James Olusoji, said dialogue remains the best option in the resolution of trade disputes.
She stated this in Jos at the 54th Annual Scientific Conference and Workshop of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria in Jos with the theme: “Local Vaccine Formulation And Production In Nigeria: Challenges, Threats And Opportunities.”
According to her, the federal government had directed chief executives to fully implement all approved schemes of service and circulars affecting the career progression and conditions of service of medical laboratory scientists and their establishments.
The head of service said “The directive was given in the spirit of fairness, equity and justice in the treatment of all staff in the public service of the federation in line with the intent of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“I urge you all to always engage in dialogue in the resolution of issues with the management of your various workplaces, as incessant strikes in the public sector are counterproductive, especially in the health sector.
“There is need for all healthcare professional medical doctors, pharmacists, nurses and researchers to work in harmony with trust and due respect for each others’ expertise in promoting the health of the patients seeking their services.”
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