Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, yesterday said the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) was arm-twisting the federal government to implement a nonexisting agreement.
Fielding questions from State House correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (EFC) meeting in Abuja, the minister said JOHESU never had any tangible agreement with the government other than “minutes of meeting” which predated the current administration.
He said, however, that a highlevel technical committee had been constituted to look into the financial demands raised by the union. He said the committee had sat on Sunday at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and reconvened on Monday but could not resolve the contentious issues.
The meeting was scheduled to continue Wednesday night. Meanwhile, the minister also told journalists that two million Nigerians were believed to be suffering from sickle cell anaemia.
He told journalists that the federal government “plans to establish a functional department for traditional medicine at the Federal Ministry of Health.” He said following persistent cases of malaria in the country, the ministry was “now open to exploiting traditional medicine in tackling the problem.”