As the trade of blames between the Federal Government and the striking health workers, under the auspices of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), continues, the Federal Government has said it has done its own part of the bargain and, therefore, appealed to the health workers to go back to work in the interest of Nigerians. The Supervising Minister of Health, Khaliru Alhassan, stated this while responding to questions from journalists in Abuja on Tuesday. He appealed to the health worker to put the interest of Nigerians first while making their demands.
“We have, to the best of our ability, concluded actions that are supposed be done on the part of the Federal Ministry of Health. We are doing them and we will continue to abide by our resolution. We are, therefore, appealing to members of JOHESU to come back while we continue to negotiate; but for them to leave their place of work is putting a lot of stress on the system and especially on our war against Ebola.
“We believe JOHESU have a lot of role to play as members of the health team. Keeping away from their duty post is putting Nigeria at risk. As responsible Nigerians, we should, regardless of our differences, have the interest of Nigeria in our minds.” He stressed that: “we have been negotiating with Joint Health Sector Union since day one. We have been talking and we have made passionate appeal that there is only one way for us to resolve this issues; that is through negotiation.”