The ongoing strike by health professionals under the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) appears headed for resolution following the intervention of the Senate. Yesterday, Senate President Bukola Saraki met with the minister of health, Prof. Isaac Adewole; his labour and employment counterpart, Dr Chris Ngige, and leaders of the health workers’ union in a bid to end the ongoing strike. LEADERSHIP Weekend reports that the JOHESU strike has lingered for over a month and has crippled healthcare delivery in many parts of the nation, leading to avoidable deaths. JOHESU, an association of health workers apart from medical doctors and dentists, had on April 18 this year begun an indefinite strike over the failure of the federal government to honour the agreement it entered with the union last September. Top on the union’s demand list is salary adjustment, a demand Nigerian doctors have vehemently opposed, warning the government that acceding to such demand would precipitate a crisis that may lead to the collapse of the health sector.According to a statement on Friday by his chief press secretary, Sanni Onogu, during a meeting with the union, the Senate president listened to the grievances and demands of the JOHESU leadership, led by its… Read full this story
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