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The Joint Health Workers Union JOHESU workers’ strike may just be on its way on getting resolved as the Senate Leadership wades in the matter. The Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki, a Medical Doctor is leading the charge for an amicable resolution to the health workers strike that enters its fifth week.
Also on the Health News Watch today, our attention was drawn to the recent Cholera Outbreak in Adamawa state. Cholera is a water-borne disease affecting communities and individuals who drink water from unwholesome water sources or water points.
SARAKI MEETING WITH JOHESU TODAY
Senate President Bukola Saraki will meet the leadership of the Joint Health Sector Unions for the second time on Monday, as the Senate continues its quest to halt the lingering strike embarked by health workers under the aegis of the union.
The Senate President’s media office said the meeting will hold in Dr Saraki’s office by 3 pm.
Dr Saraki also confirmed the meeting via tweets.
“Following my meeting last Friday with the Ministers of Labour and Health, I will be having a follow up meeting tomorrow with the leadership of JOHESU, the second in under a week,” he tweeted.
The health workers had embarked on strike in April, accusing the Federal Government of failing to honour terms of agreements it reached JOHESU since 2009, especially the agreement reached on September 30, 2017, which had a time frame of five weeks.
As part of efforts to end the lingering strike which has pitched JOHESU against the NMA, the Senate President held a meeting with JOHESU’s and the Minister of Labour, Productivity and Employment, Dr.Chris Ngige and Minister of Health, Professor Issac Adewole, on Friday morning.
Since the meeting, the Senate President hinted that some progress had been made to bring the strike to an end as reports suggest the Federal Government has made a better offer to the union.
He said, “If it is true that government has improved on its offers to JOHESU, it will be desirable for the health workers to also stretch out a hand of fellowship – in good faith – to meet the government mid-way and accept the offer, so that we can finally resolve this matter and have a win-win situation for the union, the government and the Nigerian people who make use of our public health institutions.”
Dr Saraki’s meeting with the striking workers followed the resolution on May 15, 2018, to intervene in the crisis which it observed could hamper Nigeria’s ability to prevent or react to another Ebola virus outbreak in Nigeria.
The concerns followed the Ebola outbreak in Congo.
Culled from Channels News.
Cholera Outbreak, 434 Cases 13 Deaths, In Mubi Adamawa State
The Adamawa State Ministry of Health has confirmed that the cases of cholera outbreak in Mubi have risen to 434 with 13 deaths.
The Information Officer of the ministry, Mr. Abubakar Muhammed, who confirmed the number in a statement yesterday in Yola, said: “Total number of cases reported from Mubi North and Mubi South Local Government areas as at May 26 stand at 434 cases, with 13 deaths.
“While the Case Fatality Rate, CFR, is 3.0 percent, Mubi North has 211 cases and seven deaths equivalent to 3.3 percent case fatality rate. Mubi South has 223 cases, with six deaths and case fatality rate is 2.7 percent.”
The Principal Medical Officer of Mubi General Hospital, Dr. Ezra Sakawa, however said most of the infected patients have been treated and discharged.
It will be recalled that Mubi was hit by cholera outbreak two weeks ago, a development experts linked to contaminated water.
About 90 percent of Mubi residents obtain their water from water vendors, who source water from boreholes meant for irrigation along the banks of River Yedzaram.
Source: Vanguard News