The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) in Akwa Ibom State, has given Governor Udom Emmanuel 15 days ultimatum to reinstate 720 local government staff sacked last year by the state government, majority of which were health workers.
The unions in a statement jointly signed by the chairman of the state chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Comrade Patrick Odu, the chairman of the Medical and Health workers Union of Nigeria, Godwin Archibong and the chairman of the Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals, Aniebiet Abasi Obot, decried government’s insensitivity to the plights of health workers in the state.
According to the statement which was made available to newsmen in Uyo, the Unions called on the state government to release the circular for the implementation of the already agreed 80 per cent of the national consolidated health salary structure (CONHESS).
The health workers also called for a review of the health hazards allowance to the minimum of 50 per cent of their salaries, describing the present allowance of N3,500 as the least in the country.
They further called for recruitment of more health workers to augment the short fall occasioned by death and retirement, warning that if the above demands were not met, they would have no option than to embark on indefinite strike beginning from June 30, 2020.