Nigeria: NUAHP lauds FG’s intervention in FMC, Owerri crisis

The Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) has commended the Federal Ministry of Health for bringing calm to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry and the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole yielded to the pressure by the JOHESU, NLC and TUC to interdict FMC Owerri’s former Medical Director, Angela Uwakwem, according to the provisions of the Public Service Rules (PSR). National President, NUAHP, Dr. Obinna Ogbonna, who made the commendation in Lagos during a protest rally in Lagos, said that interdicting Uwakwem, who had been embattled with FMC’s workers, was a step toward ensuring that corrupt individuals in the society were not spared. According to him, the rally is to protest the neglect of the health system over the years, which has resulted to rot in the administration and services of the health institutions. “The health sector is a very important aspect of the peoples’ lives because health is wealth, if the people are healthy, then the nation will be wealthy. But, if the health sector that is supposed to provide health care services to the masses is unstable, then the nation is unhealthy.’’ “The Union expects that a circular directing payment of these arrears be issued to the institutions concerned since the financial implications had been done by the government. We demand that payment be initiated without further delay,”  Ogbonna has stated that urging for adjustment on the CONHESS salary structure, he stated that the CONMESS salary structure for medical practitioners had been reviewed since January 3, 2014 and all its arrears paid. He said stagnation which had been referred to as promotion, appointment of consultants and payment of specialist allowance and Enhanced Entry Point (EEP) for medical laboratory scientists and radiographers should be addressed. “We condemn preferential treatment in the health sector and the practice of appointing university staff to head departments and units of the hospital whereas; there are qualified and competent hospital-based healthcare professionals. “It should cease, since it is contrary to the provisions of our various schemes of service, regulatory councils provision and the Onosode 1981 white paper on presidential commission on parastatals. “The most senior hospital-based health care professional should be appointed to head the department and not the part time staff from the associated universities. Retirement age should be adjusted from 60 years to 65 years. “We have also observed that pensioners are not being treated well and this must stop; pension arrears should be paid and retirees paid promptly.

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