Health workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Union at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi- Araba, today protested against delay in the implementation of their agreement with the Federal Government.
They began chanting several songs on the hospital’s premises while carrying placards with inscriptions such as, ‘FG Save The Health Sector From Collapse,’ ‘FG Must Implement Its Agreements.’
The aggrieved workers who were mostly nurses, pharmacists, record officers and laboratory scientists accused the Federal Government of not prioritising their needs due to the upcoming February elections in the country.
According to the Chairman, LUTH Chapter of the National Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists, Adefemi Adegoke, the Federal Government has not met with JOHESU this year for a dialogue.
Adegoke said, “The last meeting JOHESU had with the Federal Government was on December 7, and they asked for two weeks for them to generate circulars to the appropriate agencies to ensure that the agreements are implemented.
“Till now, we have not heard from them. We know the President, Goodluck Jonathan, is campaigning ahead of the elections, but government must know that lives that are being lost in public hospitals each day due to the two months of the strike, are more important than votes.”
Speaking on behalf of the nurses, the Chairman, LUTH Chapter of National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Olugbenga Ajala, warned that if labour disputes, which has led to the breakdown of health services in about 50 federal health institutions in the country are not addressed, the Federal Government may meet a collapsed sector after the February elections.
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