The National Chairman of JOHESU, Biobebelemoye Josiah, has alerted the public on purported efforts by Nigerian doctors to frustrate ongoing talks to end the four-week-old strike embarked upon by the union.
Josiah, who raised the alarm when he fielded questions from newsmen in Abuja, also accused the Ministry of Health of collaborating with the doctors in suppressing JOHESU’s legitimate demands from the government.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that JOHESU had on April 17 embarked on industrial action to press home its demands bordering on improved healthcare facilities and welfare.
The strike by the union has so far crippled healthcare delivery in public health institutions across the country. But the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, had on Wednesday confirmed that negotiations were on with JOHESU to end the strike.
He said: “Negotiations are still on with JOHESU and the Minister of Labour is leading the negotiation, and we expect that we will conclude on all issues very soon.’’
However, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) had in a statement threatened to withdraw their services across health institutions in the country if the federal government acceded to the demands of JOHESU and other health workers.