The supervising minister of health, Dr Khaliru Alhassan, has said that the success recorded by Nigeria in the fight against ebola virus may be cut short, if the nationwide strike embarked upon by health workers under the aegis of Joint Health Staff Union was not resolved. Dr. Alhassan stated this in Ido Ekiti at the weekend, during the unveiling of Federal Medical Centre , Ido Ekiti as Federal Teaching Hospital and the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the federal government and Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD). The minister, who commended President Goodluck Jonathan for making the country free of the dreaded virus as confirmed by World Health Organization, said the ongoing strike by the workers in the federal health institutions is dangerous to the nation, at a time when Nigerians abroad are planning to return home for the festive seasons. The consumation of the collaboration between the two institutions followed the construction of over N2 billion worth Clinical Complex by ABUAD’s founder , Chief Afe Babalola(SAN) in the hospital as part of the requirements by Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria and National Universities Commission for the running of Medicine and Surgery in the institution. The duo of Chief Babalola and the chief medical director of the institution, Dr. Majekodunmi Ayodele praised President Jonathan.
for encouraging Public Private Partnership in the health sector, said the development would reposition the sector in the country. While appealing to the striking workers to display patriotism and embrace dialogue, the Minister said: During this time, health workers would have to be on guard at the Airport to screen those that will be coming in and to perform other routine work . We cannot afford to be caught unawares as witnessed in the past.