Health crisis: Doctors attack other health workers, refuse to join planned strike

April 17, 2018

Nigerian doctors say they will not join a proposed strike by other workers in the health sector.

The doctors through the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) also described the union of the other health workers, JOHESU, as illegal, Premium Times reports. gathered that the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) which includes all health workers except doctors and dentists, announced on Monday, April 16, that it will commence an indefinite strike later tonight.

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At a press briefing on Tuesday, April 17, the NMA president, Mike Ogirima, warned the government against acceding to JOHESU’s demands.

He said doctors will not join the strike and that the strike is targeted at medical doctors. previously reported that JOHESU announced that it will commence an indefinite strike from midnight of Tuesday, April 17.

The announcement was made by the union’s national vice president, Ogbonna Chimela, on Monday, April 16.

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The union said the strike will paralyze activities in all health institutions nationwide.

Chimela stated: “All federal government health institutions in Nigeria including federal medical centres, specialists’ hospitals, orthopedic hospitals, psychiatric hospitals among others will be the first to shut down. If the government allows the strike to continue after two weeks, all the states and local government health institutions will now join.”

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