Return to work, Nasarawa speaker urges health workers

The speaker, Nasarawa state House of Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, Monday, appealed to the state striking health workers to return to work.

He said returning to work will help in the fight against COVID-19 and other health demands of the citizens.

He told newsmen in Lafia, the state capital, that there is  the need for an effective round table discussion among parties to bring the matter to an end once and for all.

“I am appealing to the striking health workers to return to work in order to save the state from the pandemic and improve on the health of the people of the state.

He stated that absence of health workers at the hospitals is dangerous; especially at this time of COVID-19 pandemic as it will also pose threat to other sectors considering the fact that health is wealth.

The Speaker appealed to both the government and the unions to shift grounds for the interest of peace, development and the general health situation of the state.

He said assembly will stand as a neutral party that will see to the success of the agreements.

He directed the House Standing Committee on Health to call an emergency meeting with the commissioner of health, Chief Medical Director, Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia(CMD) and other health agencies as well as the leadership of all the aggrieved unions to iron out their differences.

“Returning to the negotiating table by the health workers and government representatives will not only end the strike but will also improve on the standard of living of health workers and improve on the health of the people of the state through enhance service delivery.”

It would be reported that health workers in the state have embarked on strike demanding for their promotions, annual increment, COVID-19 hazard allowance and  minimum wage among others.

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