FG pleads with JOHESU to suspend nationwide strike

Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire pleads with JOHESU to suspend nationwide strike
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Emeh Joy

The Federal Government has appealed to the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) to suspend its one-week nationwide warning strike.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, made the appeal to the union on Monday during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

"I use this opportunity to appeal to JOHESU to suspend their strike and go into a negotiation.

"The position of the Ministry of Health is that strikes by healthcare workers jeopardise the lives of citizens, especially at such times of global health emergencies, as now.

"Nigeria needs the service of all our health workers to control the spread of COVID-19. Issues around allowances are multi-sectoral and have always been served with negotiations no matter how long it took", he appealed.

The Minister's plea was coming just some hours after the President of JOHESU, Dr Biobelomoye Josiah demanded that the Federal Government attends to its requests with the same seriousness with which it treated that of the National Association of Resident Doctors.

NARD had gone on strike over similar issues but called the strike off few days after it came to an agreement with the Federal Government.

JOHESU, an umbrella body of health workers' unions and associations within the country said it deserves to be given the same urgent attention as given to NARD.

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