Keffi Residents Want End To JOHESU Strike
Some residents of Keffi, Nasarawa State, have appealed to the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) workers to suspend their protracted strike in order to prevent further loss of lives in the country.
They made the call on Wednesday in separate interviews in Keffi.
According to them, the industrial action by JOHESU is adversely affecting the lives of Nigerians especially those that do not have the means to access private hospitals.
They also called on the Federal Government to do the needful by redeeming its agreement with the aggrieved union amicably in order to end strike.
Mr Nathaniel Musa, a resident commended doctors at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Keffi, for offering skeletal services to patients.
According to him, the gesture will go a long way in improving on the health status of patients.
“Absence of nurses and other health workers is affecting the health of the people negatively because by the time doctors close on duty, no body like the nurse or nurses to attend to patients as usual.
“We are unhappy about the situation as the ongoing strike is affecting the lives of many Nigerians negatively especially the less privileged who do not have the means to access medical treatment in private hospitals.
“The doctors at FMC Keffi are trying and are doing their best, but we want the nurses and other health workers to consider their roles in saving lives,” he said.
Mrs Halima Abdul, another Keffi resident, also appealed for an end to the strike, adding that the ongoing strike is affecting the standard of healthcare delivery to Nigerians negatively.
“Some Nigerians cannot afford the medical bills at the private hospitals, hence the need for the JOHESU members to end the strike,’’ Abdul said.
She also called on the federal government to implement the agreement reached with JOHESU in the interest of peace and for the overall development of the country.
“Though doctors are providing skeletal services at FMC Keffi, but the nurses and other health workers are supposed to be present to assist them to discharge their duties,’’ she said.
Alhaji Haruna Ali, another resident, called on both the federal government and the union to come into agreement in order to end the strike.
He also appealed to JOHESU to end the strike to save human lives.
A correspondent in Keffi observed that medical doctors were offering skeletal services to patients with emergency cases.
The press recalls that JOHESU embarked on the indefinite strike on April 18.
Some of the demands of the union include improved healthcare facilities, upward adjustment of salary scale, employment of additional health professionals, review of retirement age from 60 years to 65 years and implementation of court judgment.
JOHESU consists of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Medical and Health Workers Union (MHWUN) and Senior Staff Association of University Teaching Hospitals, among others.