By Olasunkanmi Akoni, Chioma Obinna & Gloria Orogun
lagos—Health workers under the aegis of the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals, NUAHP, yesterday staged a rally in Lagos to protest what they described as “endemic corruption” in the health sector even as they threatened to embark on an indefinite strike by February 27 over the state of the health system.
The workers who carried placards with various messages including; ‘Decree 10, 1985 is obsolete amend it now’, Federal Min. of Health stop discrimination”, Respect the rule of law’, “Implement National health Act now’, Prof lsaac Adewole are you a minister of Health or hell?” among others called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the health care system, alleging that corruption is crippling the sector.
The protesters, comprising pharmacists, physiotherapists, dental technologists, medical laboratory scientists, health information managers and other related professionals, except medical doctors, marched from Lagos State University Hospital, LASUTH, to Lagos State Government House, Alausa. They sang solidarity songs, registering their grievances.
The National President of the Union, Comrade Obinna Ogbonna, said that the neglect of the system over the years had resulted to its decay both in administration and service.
He blamed the decay on years of neglect by successive administrations.
Responding on behalf of the state government, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, urged the unions to also be patient with the Federal Government over the issues raised, adding that conflict was inevitable between the workers and the government even as he pointed out that dialogue was the best way to resolve any issue.