Gwagwalada – Dr Peter Alabi, the Chief Medical Director, University Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, has called on government and the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to embrace dialogue to end the ongoing strike by the workers.
Alabi made the call in an interview Saturday, saying there was a need for early resolution of issues to end the strike and save lives.
“My appeal to both the government and JOHESU is that they should dialogue and reach an agreement to end the strike in order to save lives,’’ he said.
Alabi said more than 250 patients were on admission in the hospital before the commencement of the strike but since the commencement of the action on Wednesday, 50 patients whose health had improved were discharged.
Alabi said that 200 patients in critical conditions, especially those at the orthopaedic, accident and emergency units were being given special attention by resident doctors.
Meanwhile, Mr Adamu Kabir, whose brother is in a critical state, has appealed to both the government and the health workers to find solution to their dispute.
“We beg the government and health workers to come to an agreement and resolve their differences,’’ Kabir said.
The strike by JOHESU commenced ad midnight on Wednesday after the expiration of a 21-day ultimatum on the government over the non-implementation of an earlier agreement.
The workers are demanding for non-skipping of salary grade level COHESS 10, the passage of National Health Bill, consultancy and specialist allowances as well as call/shift duty and professional allowances.
The health workers on strike include Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria, National Association of Nurses and Midwives, Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals and Research Institutions.
Others are the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions and Nigerian Union of Pharmacists, Medical Technologists and Professions Allied to Medicine. (NAN)