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Health workers strike may affect Ebola monitoring


The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) has said that due to the ongoing strike, its members may not participate in the Ebola surveillance activities at the airports and borders across the country.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) had on Wednesday directed the Federal Ministry of Health to step up surveillance activities against Ebola in the country.

National Chairman of JOHESU, Biobebelemoye Josiah, accused the NMA of assisting the federal ministry of health in frustrating the attempt to resolve the ongoing strike by the union.

On the reported resurgence of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Republic of Congo and the subsequent directive on the need to check the spread of the disease into Nigeria, Josiah said JOHESU should not be blamed for possible lapses in the effective implementation of this directive.

The National Vice Chairman of JOHESU, Ogbonna Chimera, called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to personally intervene in the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by it to press home its demands bordering on allowances and welfare.

Chimela, who is also the National President of Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP), said the President’s intervention became necessary following the deadlock of Thursday’s meeting between the union and the officials of the Federal Ministry of Health, as there was no common ground reached to resolve the crisis.

According to him, President Buhari’s intervention has become necessary to avert possible collapse of the nation’s health system, adding that the president was not being given the correct information as regards the situation in the health sector.

“From our investigation and from what we know now, we have discovered that our President, Muhammadu Buhari has not been well informed of the happenings in the health sector, is like some information are being blanketed; not getting to him because we know who he is.



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