JOHESU flays FG’s move to privatise public health institutions

On 14/Feb/2019 / In Medical News

Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), on Wednesday, rejected moves by the Federal Government to privatise public health institutions. National Chairman of JOHESU, Comrade Joy Bioblemoye, while speaking at a mass rally in Abuja against happenings in the health sector, said the challenges facing the sector is corruption, and lack of fair management in the system. Some of the placards carried by the workers had inscription such as “Adewale must go, no JOHESU, no hospital, health workers say no to corruption” among others. The workers who were on a three-day rally over the plight of JOHESU members, lampooned the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewale, for withholding workers’ salaries for the months of April and May 2018. 
He said the workers would not hesitate to shut down the sector, should nothing happen after the rally by the workers. Comrade Bioblemoye while calling for President Buhari’s intervention into the matter, disclosed that over 90 percent of Chief Medical Directors of public institutions have their private hospitals. He said such practice lead to the rots in the system due to clash of interest. The union leader said the mass rally was to sensitise Nigerian public and government that the workers are not strike mongers. He said: “We are here today to sensitise the general public of the happenings in the health sector. 
 
We want the world to know that the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewale, should to respect court order and release our salaries for the months of April and May. “While the court asked both parties nor to do anything that can jeopardise the peace process, the minister went ahead to implement no work, no pay”. The JOHESU national chairman further asked Nigerians hold the Health minister responsible should anything go wrong in the sector.

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