Another round of crisis looms in the health sector as no fewer than five unions in the healthcare sector on Wednesday issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to meet their demands.

The workers, under the platform of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), said they would down tools from September 20 if government fails to meet their demands.

The unions involved include the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), the Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) and two others.

The threat is coming a few days after resident doctors embarked on strike.

The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) had, two weeks ago, began a strike action to press for some welfare packages.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, JOHESU National Chairman, Joy Biobelemoye, said the unions were protesting neglect by government, including failure to implement an agreement reached with them since 2012.

Their demands include payment of arrears of specialist allowances and upgrade of their members due for promotion.

Biobelemoye noted that the strike action has been tagged ‘Operation Alligator Bite’, saying it would be more severe than ‘Operation Python Dance’ which the army launched in the South-east.

The 7-day ultimatum begins from Thursday.