Ngige to NMA: Stop meddling in JOHESU strike

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Professor Isaac Adewole, the health minister, had recently confirmed that negotiations were on with JOHESU to end the strike.

The strike by the union has so far crippled healthcare delivery in public health institutions across the country but the doctors render service.

Senate's resolution was sequel to a motion on Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Need to Take Precautionary Measures by Oluremi Tinubu (APC-Lagos) during plenary.

She said that recent reports by the World Health Organization, showed that the disease was back in neighboring Congo with 19 deaths and 39 infected casualties recorded so far.

"The youth, therefore, called on President Buhari to ensure that Nigeria took concrete steps towards attaining UHC, a system that provides healthcare and financial protection for all citizens, " the official said.

In a statement he issued, the presidential hopeful, Mr Iheanachor Ezeakor said for the interest of the poor masses who can't afford the services of private hospitals, said the federal government should reach a compromise with the health workers.

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The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has told the leadership of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) to stay away from the ongoing strike by members of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) as their activities are making it hard for government to resolve issues that led to the strike.

Olajide said the minister said this while reacting to a news briefing by the President, National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr. Ugochukwu Chinaka.

Already, Prof. Adewole has ordered all heads of medical institutions to immediately secured their facilities with security personnels to deal decisively with any hearing member of JOHESU.

It states: "In view of the above, the NMA painfully wishes to inform the Federal Government of Nigeria that any award to the non-medically qualified health professionals that violates the January and July agreements of 2014 shall result in the resumption of the suspended withdrawal of service of 2014".

Chairman, KPMG West Africa, Kunle Elebute, who addressed the challenges in the health sector, said the system, was underserved and under-consumed, noting that the country's health indicators left much to be desired.

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