By Anayo Okoli & Chimaobi Nwaiwu
Nnewi — Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, NAUTH, Nnewi, has lost over N90 million to the ongoing health workers’ strike called by Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, on November, 2014, which has crippled healthcare delivery in the hospital, just as many lives have been lost to the action.
Addressing newsmen yesterday in Nnewi, on what he called “Further Sensitization of the Public on the ongoing JOHESU Strike” Chief Medical Director, CMD, of NAUTH, Professor Anthony Igwegbe said “the Federal Government is not insensitive to the plight of Nigerians and preventable death occasioned by the persistent strike by JOHESU.”
He lamented that efforts by the Federal Government to ensure harmony in the health sector was being truncated by the different health sector unions.
According to him: “The government in spite of the disregards of the due process by members of JOHESU, has shown goodwill to the members and has paid them all their salaries to date, but the response received from JOHESU has been to intimidate other health workers, locking up the hospitals and have remained unperturbed by the suffering of Nigerians.
Similarly, CMD of the Federal Medical Cenre, FMC, Umuahia, Abia State, Dr. Chuku Abali, has appealed to the striking members of JOHESU to end their strike now in the third month.
According to him, the Yayale Ahmed Committee report was taking a holistic look at the problems in the health sector with a view to finding a lasting solution.
Abali, who noted that the strike was painful and sad, said healthcare was a team-work and could not be successfully undertaken by one unit.