The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has reviewed the ongoing nationwide strike by health workers which has paralysed healthcare delivery in public health institutions across the country and concluded that the Federal Government has been showing “lukewarm attitude”’ and “extremely slow” in responding to the demands of the striking workers.
Health workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) on the midnight of November 12 had proceeded on an indefinite strike over a 12-point demand categorised into immediate and medium term needs.
President Goodluck Jonathan has given his assent to the National Health Bill.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, confirmed this to one of our correspondent on Tuesday.
It is however worthy of note that the road to getting the presidential assent, which stakeholders said would improve the standard of medicare in the country, was rough.
The bill was tossed around the corridors of the National Assembly while those that many deemed less beneficial got the presidential nod.
Stakeholders who spoke with our correspondent in Lagos on Tuesday called for a full implementation of the National Health Act.
The experts, who highlighted the benefits of the Act to Nigerians, stated that the President would only be paying lip service towards improving the health status of Nigerians, if all its provisions were not properly implemented and enforced.