By Busayo Adekoya
There may be another round of strike by health workers in the country, if the federal government fails to meet the latest demands by the Federal Council of Medical Health Workers Union.
The Chairman, Federal Council of Medical Health Workers Union, Mr. Stephen Ibe, who spoke on behalf of the workers in an interview with THISDAY in Lagos, said the industrial action this time around would be total once the ultimatum given to the government expires.
Ibe who said that there was no going back on the impending strike proposed by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), which will commence anytime soon at the expiration of the ultimatum noted that members of the union are not being fairly treated by the government.
“We cannot fold our arms and watch the unfairness by the federal government on our members who also play vital roles in the health care system of Nigeria. As of now we do not know categorically who is responsible for delaying the circular that has been agreed on by our members, if it is the government or the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).
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THERE appears to be no end in sight for crisis in the health sector as pharmacists under the aegis of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) have accused the federal government of reneging on agreement signed with health workers under the umbrella of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) on improved welfare of members.
The PSN said strike is not unlikely despite the maturity of JOHESU and Assembly of Healthcare Professionals (AHPA) as it is apparent that government will not bulge until another round of disruption in health services becomes a reality.
The Society, which is set to hold its 87th Annual National Conference in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State from Monday November 3 to Saturday November 8th, 2014, has also issued a clarion call on pharmacists, pharmaceutical companies and stakeholders to familiarise with the tenets of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) guidelines of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) before formalising contracts with public pharmacy facilities.
Appeal For Release Of Barrister Okey Wali
PHARMACISTS, under the aegis of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), have congratulated for Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, on the occasion of his 80th Birthday even as they appealed for immediate release of kidnapped former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Barrister Okey Wali.
The PSN in a letter to Gowon Friday and signed by its President, Olumide Akintayo, said: “On behalf of the National Executive Committee, Council and the entire members of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, I wish to felicitate with you and your family on the occasion of your 80th birthday.
“Your Excellency, the various strategies you have put in place to engender peace and stability of our nation in the post civil war era continues to be a source infectious enthusiasm to Nigerians of my generation.”
Last Wednesday, Nigerians rolled out their drums and clicked their glasses to mark the nation’s 54th Independence. National president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Olumide Akintayo, took a swipe at the health sector during a media chat with journalists. CHIOMA UMEHA (HEALTH EDITOR ) was there.