Medical Director (MD) of Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos Dr. Rahman Lawal has praised the Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Health Care Professionals (JOHESU) for suspending its almost three months strike. Dr. Rahman Lawal said he was happy with the development at this time, because of the long strike’s impact on the hospital community.
Dr Lawal said: “A presidential committee of experts on inter-professional relationships in the public health sector led by Alhaji Yayale Ahmed was constituted by Federal Government to take a holistic look at the crisis which is well over four years now with a view of finding a lasting solution. Appreciable progress has been made and the task of the committee has been concluded. Efforts are underway for the release of government white paper on the committee’s report.”
He added: “It is noteworthy to mention that some of the issues which the union is agitating for its members are important. The union is however advised not to be confrontational or physical in the way they press home their demands for improved welfare for their members and to refrain from acts that may be inimical to the services rendered by other workers who are not on strike.” It would be recalled that the JOHESU embarked on an indefinite strike on November 12, last year to drive home its demands.