BY SOLA OGUNDIPE
The Joint Health Sector Unions, in league with the Assembly of Health Sector Professionals, yesterday, directed its members to proceed on a 5-day warning strike from Wednesday January 15, to Tuesday January 21, 2014, except government addresses their grievances through constructive dialogue.
Stating their grievances/prayers in a jointly signed position paper presented on contemporary developments in the health sector, the workers, comprising pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapists, radiographers and laboratory scientists among others, insisted that the dialogue with the President is the minimum and non-negotiable conditionality, as the President, who they described as “the father of the nation”, must be willing to give all his children a listening ear in a conflict that continues to fester as a rotten and infected wound.
Spokesperson of the group, President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, Pharm Olumide Akintayo, warned: “In the event that government does not enter into meaningful dialogue within two weeks of this notice, we shall be left with no option than to commence a more excruciating and total nationwide strike to enforce our liberties.
Noting that the declaration was a follow-up to the expiration of the 15-day ultimatum earlier given, Akintayo stated: “We call on all men and women of goodwill to admonish government on the need to urgently redress this avoidable crisis it has also assisted to worsen.”