Enterprise Television- PSN Urges Buhari to End Health Workers’ Strike
Nigerian Government has been urged to urgently intervene to end the crisis surrounding the ongoing strike in the health industry by giving workers their legitimate dues.
Chairman, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Lagos State chapter, Bola Adeniran said JOHESU/AHPA has been directed to urgently mobilise other health professionals in the private sector to shut down their private facilities if the on-going strike is unresolved in two weeks time.
According to Adeniran, the health workers’ body would also extend the strike to State and Local Government levels.
She explained that pharmacists, in particular, had been short-changed in the scheme of things.
“In Nigeria, pharmacists started on GL 08 Step 2, while doctors entered on GL 08 Step 3 because of the one year difference in the duration of training. After the mandatory one-year youth service, pharmacists proceeded to GL 09 step 2 and doctor GL 09 step 3.
“This was the pattern until the Olikoye-Kuti leadership in the Federal Ministry of Health got the military administration of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida to approve the Medical Salary Scale (MSS), a discriminatory salary wage in favour of medical doctors in public service.
“The MSS obviously disrupted the equilibrium of public sector wages as it became the basis for other sectoral players request for exclusive wages in the health sector after the MSS was introduced, the Health Salary Scale was introduced for health workers apart from doctors,” she said.
Olubowale Gbenga Olubowale, the immediate past Chairman of PSN Lagos State chapter said healthcare is a global endeavour as well as practice and so Nigeria could not have a Nigerian style of healthcare.
He said, “The consultancy cadre is a global reality in all the healthcare professions notably Pharmacy, Nursing, Radiography, Physiotherapy, Medical Laboratory Science, etc.
Anthony Bola Oyawole, a PSN Presidential hopeful, said that the Federal Government has continued to renege on its promises.
He also explained that request for the increase of age of health workers from 60 to 65 years was based on the expertise of health workers which he said was peculiar and unique at a time skills and competencies continue to wane in the landscape.
Anthony urged for an immediate reshuffling of the Federal Executive Council to redress the challenges of appointing members of only one profession as ministers in charge of Federal Ministry of Health.
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