Health workers under the aegis of the Nigerian Union of Allied health professionals and the Joint health sector Unions have threatened to embark on a nationwide strike by September 30.
The unions in a statement signed by the national President, Obinna Ogbonna and the national secretary, Mr. Ayinde Obisesan, accused the Federal government of prioritising the needs of medical doctors in its employ above those of health workers.
In step with them, many of their participants have also been denied revenue arrears and emoluments which, they stated the Federal government was now addressing with the striking doctors.
Doctors under the aegis of the national association of Resident medical doctors commenced a nationwide strike on September 3 to protest the non-payment and cuts in their salaries and arrears.
“it is clear that the minister of state for health, minister of health and the minister of labour and employment, who are all medical doctors, are biased in how they’re handling the demands of other health workers.
“this is obvious in the manner they negotiated and agreed to all issues presented by NARD. This act of discrimination, double standard and preferential treatment of medical doctors is enormously discriminatory. The act of favoritism and injustice was displayed during the process of negotiation.
“So, considering different mobilisation factors and to provide the government similarly room to deal with our needs, on 30th of September, if they do not, the union will have no different choice than to close down health care services nationwide.”
The aggrieved health workers are also demanding the implementation of the inter-ministerial sub-committee report on essential matters in the area, expert autonomy and appointments of experts and fee of professional allowance to their members.