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Nurses Join Other Health Workers To Down Tools Tomorrow

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Nurses Join Other Health Workers To Down Tools Tomorrow

Unread post by Kunle Emmanuel » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:21 am

BY Doyin ojosipe, Abuja

Nurses under the aegis of National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives(NANNM) yesterday said it will join other health workers in the upcoming industrial action come Thursday, the 21st of September 2017.

Briefing newsman in Abuja, yesterday, the president of the Association, Comrade Abdulrafiu Adeniji said the Nurses had expressed sadness over the state of the health sector, especially the moribund state of health infrastructure.

“Members during the meeting noted with great concern the lack of equipment and Medical consumables in all the health facilities in the country that have affected the delivery of quality Health Care to the Nigerian citizens and therefore call on the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and respective managements of Federal Health institutions and by extension State and Local Government owned health institutions to do the needful in this regard,” he said.

Adeniji said, “The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) met and discussed exhaustively on issues bordering on Nigeria health care services, state of infrastructure, Nigeria health care policies and management, Nigeria security matters, the Nursing Profession, the welfare of her members.

“The leadership of NANNM states expressly that it is in agreement with all JOHESU’s positions on the recent 7-day ultimatum given to the Federal government to accede to all its lingering demands dated back to 2012.”

The Comrade Nurse said, while the Federal Government had held several meetings as concerning the welfare of the Nurses, it had never lived up to agreement.

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Unread post by Kunle Emmanuel » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:57 am

Nurses, Midvives, Other Health Workers Across Nigeria To Commence Strike Action By Midnight today

The major unions of health workers have announced the commencement of their nationwide strike on Wednesday. The Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Health Care Professionals, JOHESU, and the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, NANNM, announced the strike on Tuesday.

According to a statement signed by the National President of NANNM, Abdrafiu Adeniji, all nurses and midwives in all federal health institutions are to proceed on an indefinite strike action from midnight of Wednesday.

Mr. Adeniji said the association is in agreement with all JOHESU’s positions on the recent seven-day ultimatum given to the federal government to accede to all its lingering demands dated back to 2012.

The strike is coming barely a week after the National Association of Resident Doctors suspended its strike.

The healtht workers had earlier threatened to embark on an indefinite industrial action that would shut down operations in public hospitals due to the prolonged delay by the federal government in meeting their demands.

Their demands include payment of arrears of specialist allowances and upgrade of their members due for promotion. Earlier, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, had pleaded with the leadership of JOHESU, not to embark on its planned industrial action. Mr. Adewole said that the government would continue negotiation with the union and hoped that a consensus would be reached on the issues in contention.

JOHESU comprises all the other professional groups in the health sector and forms about 95 percent of health workers and health care providers in Nigeria.
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Unread post by Kunle Emmanuel » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:02 pm

NANNM Press Statement Declaring Strike and Its Demands from Government

The leadership of NANNM states expressly that it is in agreement with all JOHESU’s positions on the recent 7-day ultimatum given to the Federal government to accede to all its lingering demands dated back to 2012.

2. That the Unified Scheme of Services approved for Nurses and Midwives which recognizes the professional status of Nursing. And the Lateral conversion for those that have acquired Bachelor of Nursing Sciences (BNSc) and internship for fresh graduates of Nursing sciences. Should be promptly gazetted without further delay. It is equally noted with concern that the Federal Ministry of Health need to accede to the request of the Association to effect proper placement of Nurses interns.

3. Members during the meeting noted with great concern the lack of equipment and Medical consumables in all the health facilities in the country that have affected the delivery of quality Health Care to the Nigeria citizens and therefore call on the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and respective managements of Federal Health institutions and by extension State and Local Government owned health institutions to do the needful in this regard.

3. The Leadership rejects in totality the promotion of our members from one grade level to the same grade level amounting to titular promotion, stagnation in some cases, demotion and or re-designation in the Federal Health institutions and calls on the authorities concerned to correct the anomaly with immediate effect.

4. Proliferation of quackery in nursing profession. The leadership also observed with consternation the high rate of quackery in the health sector most especially among the nursing profession. It may interest the Nigeria populace to know that this singular act is more deadly than AIDS and can only be compared with deadly viral haemorrhagic fever as lots of innocent souls are being sent to the journey of NO RETURN by the perpetrators of this criminal act. It is on this note that the Union implores all well-meaning Nigerians to join hands with the Association in pursuing its vigorous anti-quackery campaign in collaboration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria. The Union urges governments at all levels to stop aiding and abetting the training of quacks. And as a necessity amend the existing anti quackery law as contained in the Nursing and Midwifery amendment Act, CAP 143 (LFN 2004) to address the current threat and tackle headlong the social ill and criminal act of quackery in accordance with present day reality

5. Consultant cadre in Nursing — The leadership viewed with great concern that the Federal Ministry of Health is not living up to expectation by not appointing Nurse Consultants in accordance with the laid down principles and in line with National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) judgement. The Union therefore calls on Federal government to commence without further delay residency training for Nursing and Midwifery students as applicable in developed and even other countries in Africa.

6. Teaching Allowance — The meeting of stakeholders frowned at the non-payment of teaching allowance for our deserving members (NO1& NOII) and urge the Federal Ministry of Health to stop forthwith selective deprivation and injustice against these cadres of Nurses and Midwives and reinstate the payment.

7. Uniform allowance- The members of Union condemned non-payment of uniform allowance to our member running into many years of arrears, as against the tenets of equity and social justice and is currently affecting the productivity of our deserving members negatively

8. Task Shifting-The leadership is calling on all Nurses and Midwives to demonstrate commitment in discharging their professional responsibilities. However, the Federal Ministry of Health should also protect the Professional Nurses and Midwives in the performance of their professional duties rather than the undue incursion into Nurses and Midwives professional duties especially in reproductive health care services to stem the tide of maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria.

Skipping of CONHESS 10 and payment of Arrears- The stakeholders observed that despite agreements signed by the leadership of this Union and the Federal Ministry of Health as well as Court pronouncements, our members are still being owed. We call on the FMOH to address this without further delay.

10. Relativity Arrears- The stakeholders noted with nostalgia that relativity arrears had remained unpaid to our members in most of the hospitals despite conclusion of biometric capturing by the office Account General of the Federation. We call on the Federal government to pay the outstanding Arrears and that of Relativity Arrears to all our deserving members.

Rural allowance: The leadership frowns at nonpayment of rural allowance to our members working in the community. This allowance is non-negotiable as a way of motivating them to remain committed to the service rendered in the rural area

12. The Union concluded that under-budgeting and lack of adequate financing is the bedrock of inadequate quality of care and poor health care services outcome, and urged the executive and legislature at Federal, State and Local Government levels to increase budgetary allocation into Nigeria health care system to at least meet the African agreed standard of 15% budgetary allocation as contained in Abuja declaration of April, 2001 by Heads of States of African Union. it was equally resolved that the time is now to implement the fund allocation clause as contained in the Nigeria Health Act to consolidate Primary Health care services.

Finally, it should be noted that the continuous peace and harmony in the health sector can no longer be guaranteed if the Federal Government fails to abide by the various agreements reached since 2012 for the betterment of Nursing Profession and the Health Sector in general.

Therefore, all Nurses and Midwives in all Federal health Institutions are hereby directed to join other JOHESU members to proceed on an indefinite strike action from midnight of Wednesday, 20th of September 2017.

Thanks.

Signed:
NURSE ABDRAFIU ADENIJI
National President

COMRADE T. A. SHETIMA
General Secretary
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