By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€” THE Free Â Maternal and Child Healthcare, MCH, programme of the Enugu State government may suffer a serious setback in Udi Local Government AreaÂ if the 200 Community Health Extension Workers serving in various health centres in the council make good their threat to withdraw their services over non-payment of their allowances since the past 14 months.
The community health workers engaged by Udi council under the immediate past administration of Dr. Walter Oji between November and December 2008, were issued appointment letters in which the council agreed to pay a monthly allowance of N7,000 to each person pending their conversion to full staff.
Vanguard learnt that the affected workers, who had graduated from the School of Health Technology, Oji River, were deployed in various health centres by the local government authorities and had remained at their duty posts since the past 14 months but the council has not paid their allowances since then.
The Oji administration was said to have failed in its promises to pay the health workers, who had contributed immensely to the success of the Enugu State government-sponsored MCH programme in the council.