What JOHESU Wants Is Unacceptable - Health Minister
When two elephants fight, they say the grass suffers.
The ongoing strike by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has paralysed the health sector.
Patients are being withdrawn from various hospitals across the country and an end seems not be in sight.
The federal government will be meeting with the union on Monday to find a resolution to the strike.
This was indicated in a statement by the Ministry of Health on Sunday in reaction to an advert sponsored by JOHESU.
The union in the advert accused the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, of denying the existence of an agreement between it and the Nigerian government in 2014.
The ministry, in a statement signed by the Assistant Director of Information, Olajide Oshundun, said the information JOHESU gave in the advert was incorrect and misleading.
JOHESU, a union comprising of all health workers in Nigeria apart from medical doctors and dentists, has been on an indefinite strike for 12 days crippling healthcare delivery across federal institutions.
Speaking on other efforts to settle the dispute, the minister said the federal government has put machinery in place to ensure that the strike is called off by meeting with JOHESU officials on several occasions, the last being on April 25, at the office of the Minister of Labour and Employment in Abuja.
Adewole disclosed that the government has offered JOHESU members opportunity to adjust their salaries and wages, “but what JOHESU is asking for is parity with medical doctors which is not practicable or acceptable to the Federal Government.”