Healthcare professionals under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Healthcare Professionals at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan in Oyo State staged a peaceful protest yesterday over what they described as insensitivity of the Federal Government to their plights. Members of the unions, currently on strike, carried placards with various inscriptions such as “Federal Ministry of Health, people are dying, accede to our demands; Release all the circulars according to National Industrial Court judgment; Follow the rule of law and implement the National Industrial Court judgment; and Enough is Enough, Mr. President address the burning issues in the health sector.”
Addressing the protesters, Chairman, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, UCH branch, Mr. Samuel Adeyemi, said the medical practitioners, who were not on strike, could function in the hospitals without the health professionals. “They make Nigerians to believe that they are working, but as you can see, the wards are deserted. They are only deceiving Nigerians. We have just started. The protest is just the beginning and until the Federal Government is ready to accede to our demands, we are not ready to call of the strike,” he said. Oladele described the non-payment of the check-offs of the unions by the Federal Government as an attempt to paralyse the Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Healthcare Professionals.