Federal Govt Cautions JOHESU Members
- Written by Oluwafemi Olowookere
The attention of the Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has been drawn to a Press briefing addressed by the President of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr. Ugochukwu Chinaka, in which members of JOHESU are accused of harassing and molesting members of NARD and other medical officers at their respective duty posts.
The Minister was also informed that, JOHESU members were accused of locking- up government health facilities to prevent access to those who are not on strike.
In view of the above, the Honourable Minister of Health stated that:
1. In as much as members of JOHESU have the right to embark on strike, they do not have the constitutional right to harass other health workers including members of JOHESU who choosed to work and
2.JOHESU members DO NOT have right to lock-up government facilities.
The Federal government would not accept nor condone any act of irresponsibility and disobedience to constituted authorities, adding that all locked health facilities should be opened immediately to enable the facilities provide required services while negotiation continues.
The Honourable Minister further re-iterates that all Heads of medical institutions should as a matter of urgency provide adequate security for the working members of staff and any person found disturbing the peace in any health facility should be made to face the law.