Nigeria’s health workers start 7-day warning strike over poor conditions
Nigeria’s dilapidated health care system may be thrown into more crisis with the planned industrial action by the Joint Health Sector Unions JOHESU) over unpaid salaries and poor infrastructure in the health-care industry.
The Union, representing all health providers in the industry said it will embark a seven-day strike beginning from Monday, which is expected to paralyze service delivery in the healthcare sector and put in jeopardy the fragile sector.
Nigeria is one of the African top epicenter of mostly affected by the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic but has been able to successfully managed the disease to reduce its spread across the country.
However, health workers have complained of uneven treatment by the government in terms of provisions of facilities to protect health workers from infection and poor working conditions that include unpaid arrears of allowances.
The workers said they are proceeding with the strike after they “have exhausted all alternative means of dispute resolution,” the umbrella body said in a tweet Sunday. “Failure to respond to our demands will result in indefinite strike action.”
The umbrella body of JOHESU said it will proceed on 7 days warning strike by Mon Sept 14, to press home their demands including poor funding and infrastructural decay in the health sector, discriminatory policies and favoritism, poor welfare of our members
Nigerian doctors suspended a strike last week to allow the government time to meet its own demands for payment of salary arrears and improvement in working conditions. Africa’s biggest crude producer is struggling to meet revenue targets after a lockdown to contain the covid-19 pandemic and a slump in oil income.
As of September 13, Nigeria has reported a total 56,256 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection with about 44,152 discharged patients and recorded 1,082 deaths since the outbreak of the deadly disease in the country.