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Health workers urge government to accede to demands

22 January 2015, 10:17

Lagos - The Senior Staff Association of Universities Teaching Hospitals, Research, and Allied Institutes (SSAUTHRAI), on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to accept demands of the nation’s health workers.

Kehinde Adegoke, the Chairman of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba chapter of the association, made the plea  in Lagos.

He spoke on the sideline of a rally organised by the striking health workers of the institution to drum up support for their demands.

"The gathering is to remind the Federal Government that we are still expressing our grievances.

"We know he (President Jonathan) has tried for the health sector, even signing the bill into an act is a big effort.

"The last meeting was on December 22, 2014 and the promise was that within two weeks things will be done to address all the issues raised by JOHESU.

"Most of the issues are almost concluded. All government needs to do is to release circulars to implement all the agreements and all the judgments.”

Also read: Gombe health workers urged to suspend strike

Adegoke, however, urged the Federal Government to resolve the conflict of leadership and team work between the doctors and other health workers.

In his remark, Ajala Olugbenga, the Chairman, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), LUTH chapter, urged the Federal Government to address the workers’ demands.

JOHESU is the umbrella body for non-doctors and allied health professionals.

The national body of the union had on November 12 called on all its members nationwide to embark on an indefinite strike to press home their demands.

Their demands include non-implementation of agreement with the Federal Government, recognition of health workers as consultants and increase in retirement age of health workers from 60 to 65 years.



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