War Against Corruption: Health Workers Give FG Feb 27th Deadline
Health workers under the aegis of the National Union of Allied Health Professionals have threatened to embark on a Nation Wide industrial action if the federal government fails to meet their demands on or before February 27th.
At a peaceful protest organised to press home their demands in abuja on tuesday, president of the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals, Ogbonna Chimela expressed with displeasure the attitude of government towards their demands and called on president muhammadu buhari to urgently beam its corruption searchlight to the ministry of health.
“If nothing is done against the flagrant display of lawlessness, perversion of justice and the rot in the health sector before February 27, 2017, the union will be left with no other option than to declare a nationwide strike.
“One will question why our President, Muhammadu Buhari, and other high-ranking Nigerians would go outside to seek medical attention if our health system is in order. The late former President of South Africa (Nelson Mandela), before he passed on, was never taken abroad to seek medical attention but our leaders often neglect our health infrastructure to decay.
“Confidence in our health system by Nigerians is completely eroded because of the lack of infrastructure, personnel and equipment in our hospitals which have become death centres.
“The situation has led to patients being diverted to private hospitals with the worse scenario of patients being referred from government hospitals to private ones usually owned by some top members of management of the hospitals.”
.The unions also condemned the overseas medical trips by senior citizens of the country, saying if the health sector was running properly, Nigerian elite would not need to travel abroad for treatment.
According to the President Muhammadu Buhari will not travel abroad for medical treatment if the nation’s health sector was adequate.
They carried placards with various inscriptions including, “Federal Ministry of Health has legalised corruption,” “Implement consultancy status for other health professionals,” “Federal Ministry of Health worse than ever” and “Obey the rule of law.”
Other placards read, “Rot in Federal Ministry of Health must be cleansed,” “Federal Ministry of Health, stop the discrimination,” “Stop gambling with the health of Nigerians” and “Our hospitals are empty.”
Since 2009, health workers under the umbrella of the joint health sector unions have been battling with the federal government over implementing a collective bargained agreement it entered into. 8 years on, the national union of allied professionals is calling on the federal government to investigate the ministry of health for failing to meet their 19
points demands despite various court orders.
The national union of allied professionals consist of all health practitioners such as pharmacists, physiotherapists, medical lab scientists, dental technologists, health information managers,dietitians and other related professionals but
exclude doctors and nurses