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JOHESU threatens to strike health sector

January 17, 2019 Editor 0

Health workers have threatened to resume their suspended strike. The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), on Wednesday, threatened to resume the industrial action it suspended last May, if the issues in dispute are not resolved in two weeks from today. According to Vanguard Newspaper, JOHESU, through its chairman, Biobelemoye Josiah, issued the strike notice in a letter addressed to the Read More

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Nigeria’s health sector collapse By Jerome-Mario Utomi

June 16, 2018 Blueprint 0

I recently witnessed a fight between two young adults within the church premises. And as expected of me, I immediately intervened. And in my effort to calm their frailed nerves, I observed that one was visibly calm and viewed the whole episode as a friendly battle occasioned by a communication gap. The other was, however, furious and unmanageable; a behavior Read More

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Strike: JOHESU thanks Saraki for intervention

June 2, 2018 Blueprint 0

  The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) has expressed appreciations to Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for his prompt intervention during the six weeks nationwide strike. Chairman of the union, Josiah Biobelemoye, said in a communiqué issued at the end of the National Executive Council meeting in Abuja that the suspension of the strike was sequel to Saraki’s and sympathy for Read More

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Why we suspended the strike – JOHESU

June 2, 2018 Blueprint 0

  National Chairman of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), Mr. Biobelemoye Josiah, has said that the Union called off its six weeks old nationwide strike because of its empathy for the suffering Nigerians. He stated this yesterday in a communiqué issued by the union at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting. The union resolved that court Read More

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How Saraki’s intervention ended JOHESU strike

June 1, 2018 Blueprint 0

The proverbial light at the end of the tunnel was reached by Nigerians and all stakeholders of the Health Sector on Thursday as the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) called off it’s six weeks strike action following the well thought out intervention of Senate President, Bukola Saraki after series of meetings with the leadership of the Joint Health Sector Union. Read More

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We require neutral persons to resolve JOHESU, FG face-off — Wabba

May 30, 2018 Editorial IV 0

NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba speaks on the lingering crisis in the health sector, and concludes that a neutral body will be required to end the faceoff between the federal government and the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU). MOSES JOHN brings the details. Health workers strike First, this situation is getting out of hand because it has taken longer than Read More

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Health workers strike to end soon

May 30, 2018 Editorial IV 0

There are strong indications that the over six-week old industrial action by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) may soon come to an end, due to an intervention by the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki. Chairman of JOHESU, Comrade Josiah Biobelemoye, told journalists in Abuja on Monday that the workers were optimistic after an intervention meeting with the Read More

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JOHESU strike: Impartial negotiators wanted, by Jerry Uwah

May 29, 2018 Editorial IV 0

At the best of times, Nigeria’s healthcare delivery system is decrepit. The hospitals are far-flung, under-staffed and poorly equipped. In some rural communities the nearest hospital is 40 kilometres away. Nigeria is not investing in its human resources. Bill Gates, the world’s richest man and co-founder of the Bill/ Melinda Gates Foundation which has fl ushed billions of dollars down Read More

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Senate moves to end health workers’ strike

May 25, 2018 Blueprint 0

  The Senate has intervened in the lingering industrial action embarked upon by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) weeks back . President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, after a meeting with the leadership of JOHESU, where he listened to their grievances and demands, also met with the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and the Minister of Labour, Read More

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FG has no moral right to go to court on strike – JOHESU

May 23, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Chairman of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and National President of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Comrade Joy Josiah Biobelemoye, speaks on the crisis in the health sector, the on-going nationwide strike and why the crisis cannot be resolved except President Muhammadu Buhari personally intervenes. MOSES JOHN reports. Court injunction against JOHESU I don’t Read More

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Patients stranded as Bauchi health workers join JOHESU strike

May 15, 2018 Blueprint 0

Bauchi state health workers have joined the ongoing strike as directed by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), grounding activities at the state hospitals and leaving patients stranded. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who visited General Hospital in Bayara town and the Specialists’ Hospital, Bauchi Metropolis on Monday, reports that health workers had deserted the hospitals. State Chairman Read More

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Ebola: JOHESU strike won’t affect screening at ports – Adewole

May 12, 2018 Blueprint 0

The ongoing Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) strike would not hinder the screening of travellers coming into the country, Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has said. The minister, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja, said health workers at the nation’s ports were not part of the JOHESU’s strike, adding that government had a mechanism of screening travellers Read More

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Kano health workers join national strike

May 11, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Normal services have been stopped in public health workers facilities in Kano as healthcare workers in the state joined the JOHESU nationwide strike in solidarity. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that activities at the Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital and Abdullahi Wase Hospital in Kano have been paralysed as a result of the JOHESU. NAN checks around the two Read More

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Patients suffer as health workers’ strike grounds hospitals

May 9, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Ngozi Ezeokeke slowly wheeled her aged mother through the corridors of the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, on Saturday, and the patient’s pains were clear on her face. She was drooling, her neck dropped to the shoulders. “Her condition has worsened because nurses are not around to give her regular therapy,” a visibly aggrieved Ms Ezeokeke said. Her mother had a Read More

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JOHESU strike: 50-year-old man commits suicide

May 3, 2018 Blueprint 1

The management of University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, have disclosed that an unidentified man deliberately jumped down from the sixth floor of the hospital. The Public Relations Officer of the hospital, Deji Bobade, who confirmed the incident to newsmen yesterday in Ibadan, said the man went to the floor where the museum was under lock and jumped down in an Read More

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Health workers’ strike: FG, JOHESU meet again today

April 30, 2018 Blueprint 0

The federal government and the striking Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) will reconvene today in a bid to find a resolution to the strike. This was indicated in a statement by the Ministry of Health yesterday in reaction to an advert sponsored by JOHESU in the Daily Trust Newspaper of Saturday April 28. The union in the advert accused the Read More

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Declare emergency in health sector, Nurses tell FG

April 26, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) have called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the health sector. The National Chairman of the association, Wale Olatunde, said that such measure would purge the sector of inefficiency and corruption. Olatunde who made the call yesterday, at the on-going annual labour workshop in Abuja with Read More

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Strike: JOHESU arm-twisting FG – Minister

April 26, 2018 Editorial IV 0

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” Read More

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Health workers’ strike: FG raises negotiations c’ttee

April 24, 2018 Blueprint 0

The federal government has stated that it had set up a committee to review the ‘technical and fi nancial’ related aspects of the demands by the striking Joint Health Sector Unions. According to the government, this was part of the decisions reached at a meeting of top officials held on Sunday night aimed at finding ways of ending the ongoing Read More

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Health workers’ strike: Abuja hospitals partially comply

April 21, 2018 Editorial IV 0

There was partial observance in public hospitals in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of the industrial action by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU). JOHESU, the association of other health workers apart from medical doctors and dentists, on Tuesday midnight commenced an indefinite strike over failure by the federal government to meet up with the agreement it had with the Read More

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Strike: Health workers ask members to disregard FG threat

April 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

  Health workers under the auspices of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has directed their members nationwide to shun the federal government threat to apply ‘No work, No pay’ policy. National Chairman of JOHESU, Comrade Biobelemoye Josiah, who address journalists in Abuja, described the circular as bias, injustice and provocative antics of the Federal Ministry of Health. “We call on Read More

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Health workers’ strike: As crisis looms•••

April 19, 2018 Editorial IV 0

In Nigeria, several challenges have been reported within the health sector, and with health workers announcing indefinite strike there are fears that activities in hospitals will paralyse JOHESU The Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, has announced an indefinite strike that, it says, will paralyse activities in all health institutions across the country. “All federal government health institutions in Nigeria including Read More

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Health workers’ strike: No retreat, no surrender – Scribe

April 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

Members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), who embarked on a nationwide indefinite strike yesterday, have vowed not back down until their demands are met. The General Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP), Obisesan Oluwatuyi, who disclosed this in an interview yesterday in Abuja, said “the soldiers have been let loose, no retreat, no surrender Read More

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Health workers’ demands, strike envy-driven – NMA

April 18, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) yesterday described the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) as “an illegal body” that should not be accorded any recognition by Nigerians. The body said the threat by JOHESU to commence indefinite strike by midnight, on Wednesday (today), was uncalled for because their demands were envy-driven. The health workers, had, on Monday, issued strike threat, after what Read More

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Health workers begin nationwide strike tomorrow

April 17, 2018 Blueprint 0

Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has directed its members in all federal health institutions nationwide to begun indefinite strike from today (midnight) following the federal government’s failure to implement agreements it signed with the unions. The five health sector unions that make up JOHESU are Medical and Health Workers Unions of Nigeria (MHWUN), National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives Read More