Why we suspended planned strike – Lagos nurses

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Why we suspended planned strike – Lagos nurses

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The Lagos State chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives says it has suspended its proposed strike after meeting with the Lagos State Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, on Tuesday.

Recall that the association had on August 30 issued a 21-day ultimatum to the state government to meet its demands or faced on strike. The ultimatum elapsed on Tuesday.

The secretary of the NANNM in Lagos State, Toba Odumosu, in an interview with our correspondent on Wednesday, said the association decided to suspend the strike after the state government approved over N125m for its demands for a central uniform allowance.

He said, “The allowance is N25,000 per annum and we are a little bit above 5,000; that is over N125m.

“We met with the Lagos State Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola on Tuesday. We confirmed the approval for the central payment of uniform allowance for nurses in the state. The HoS promised that other demands are being looked into.”

However, the chairman of Lagos State chapter of NANNM, Olurotimi Awojide, on Tuesday said there was shortage of nurses in the state, while their salary structure was poor.

Awojide said, “There is one nurse to 16 patients in the state; the World Health Organisation’s recommendation is one nurse to four patients.

“At times, there will be one nurse taking care of all the patients in a 20-bedded ward. So, there is no way the best professional care can be given to patients.”

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