Presidency accuses health workers of seeking equal pay with doctors

Prof. Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health

Federal government has told the striking health workers that it could not meet their fresh demands for a higher pay.

Health minister, Professor Isaac Adewole, in a statement, says their fresh demand if implemented will bring their pay at par with medical doctors.

The minister explained that such a demand is unacceptable by the federal government, because it is not practicable.

Asking the health workers to call off their strike, the minister said government is putting machinery in place to raise their pay, adding that a meeting was held with the leadership of joint health sectors union (JOHESU) which is co-ordinating the strike last Saturday.

The statement read in part, “Indeed, 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 Wednesday April 25, 2018, at the office of the Minister of Labour and Employment in Abuja.

“An offer has been made to adjust the salaries and wages of JOHESU members by the Federal Government. But what JOHESU is asking for is parity with medical doctors, which is neither practicable nor acceptable to the Federal Government.”

The health workers had warned that the strike will continue until their demands are met.

Nigeria Medical Association has also warned the Presidency that the fresh salary demand by health workers if granted will worsen crisis in the public health sector.

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