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Nigerian govt meets health workers over demands



The Federal Government has met with members of the Joint Health Workers Unions (JOHESU) on their grievances.

The union was demanding adjustment of salary grade, payment of outstanding arrears, and the establishment of timelines for forming boards at tertiary health institutions, among others.

JOHESU is the umbrella body of health workers comprising the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria; the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals; the Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, and Associated Institutions; and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and Associated Institutions.

The health workers embarked on an indefinite strike in May last year to press home their demand.

They, however, suspended the strike in June following President Bola Tinubu’s intervention.

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The Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Muhammad Pate, disclosed this on his X handle on Thursday.

He wrote: ““Building trust and confidence in our policies and programmes among various actors and stakeholders within the sector is important to the renewal of Nigeria’s health system. This involves respectfully engaging, listening, and seeking advice from health workers’ unions, civil society, and traditional and faith leaders for guidance on transforming our country’s healthcare system.

“This week, we engaged in productive discussions with representatives from major health unions, which collectively represent over 90 percent of the workforce under the umbrella of @JohesuNigeria as part of our ongoing consultative dialogue on pressing issues in the health sector.”

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