By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
The leadership of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has debunked reports in the media that the on-going strike being embarked upon by the Unions has been stopped by a court injunction.
JOHESU in a statement issued yesterday by its National Secretary, Com. Ekpebor Florence, said the union was not unaware of the machination and propaganda by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigerian Medical Association who are bent on thwarting the on-going nationwide action.
“The Joint health Sector Unions leadership feels and empathises with members of the Public on the pains they are going through. However, we want to inform the general public that if it is true that there is a court order to stop the strike, we are not aware, neither has JOHESU been served with any court processes or order to stop the on-going nationwide strike. To JOHESU, this is just a figment of the imagination of mischief makers, busy bodies and interlopers.
“Members of JOHESU do not live in the moon, they are Nigerians who have a Sacred duty to provide health services to the sick and the wounded. Therefore, they also have the mothers, fathers, friends, sons, daughters, cousins etc who require medical services at this point in time, but the ugly situation brought about by the insensitivity of the Federal Ministry of Health for fairness in the health sector has brought us to this ugly situation. After several meetings have collapsed, the Joint Health Sector unions had no choice but to continue with our demands for a better health system where efficiency, manpower development, fairness and better remuneration will be the corner stone of the health system in Nigeria.”
JOHESU insisted that no amount of intimidation, arm-twisting, and harassment “will cow us from pursuing our constitutional and fundamental rights to protest and strike. Therefore, our members across the Federation have been advised to stand firm and fight for the good of our country.
“The Ministry of Health should be reminded that all over the world no mistreated worker can put in his best. We are also calling on the good government of President MuhammaduBuhari, GCFR to call both the Minister and Ministry of Health to do the needful by bringing these unwanted circumstances to an end through the implementation of signed agreements and memorandum of understanding between JOHESU and the Federal Government. The Joint Health Sector Union is not asking for more than that.”