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Health News Watch: Yobe State Implements New Salary for Health Workers… JOHESU & NMA Salvo Reaches New Heights

Today on Health News Watch, we recognize the efforts of the Yobe State Government, who have granted approval for the implementation of the Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS). The state was one of the worst hit-states by the Boko Haram Terrorist group some years ago.

The Joint Health Workers Union, JOHESU have also recently lashed out at the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA for what it describes as the “NMA’s plans to scuttle its efforts”… The NMA would have none of the accusation have responded in kind.

This is as the Health Minister cautioned the JOHESU group from locking and taking over Federal health properties, as the health institutions belong to the Federal Government.

HEALTH WORKERS, MEDICAL WORKERS RECEIVE FULL SALARY IMPLEMENTATION IN YOBE STATE

Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam has approved 100% implementation of salary structures of Health professionals and workers, jacking up the existing salaries being enjoyed by them to N74, 335, 339.2 per month.

This was made public following a statement by the Director-General Press Affairs to the Governor, Malam Abdullahi Bego, said the governor gave approval for 100% implementation of the Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) for nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals in the state’s health sector.

“Prior to the approval, the CONHESS implementation rate was 70 percent. The governor has also approved 100 percent implementation of the revised Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) for medical officers.

“A submission on the salaries of administrative staff of the Yobe State University Teaching Hospital (YSUTH) was also approved by His Excellency the governor”

“The total monetary implication of the approvals – which is the differential on the existing salaries being enjoyed by the three groups of beneficiaries – is N74, 335, 339.2 per month.

“With the Yobe State Government now implementing CONHESS, CONMESS and YSUTH administrative staff salaries at 100 percent, His Excellency Governor Gaidam has brought the remuneration package in the state’s health sector at par with what obtains in federal government health institutions”

JOHESU ACCUSES DOCTORS OF SCUTTLING THE STRIKE

While the Joint Health Workers Union JOHESU are making frantic efforts to resolve the issues with the Federal Government, and despite hitting a deadlock in the resolution meetings, the JOHESU now believes it is the Nigerian Medical Association NMA that is a major stumbling block in reaching a quick resolution with the government.

Already doctors are resolved to keep render services and to kick against the demands of the health workers… This is the crux of the JOHESU accusations.

The National Chairman of JOHESU, Mr Biobebelemoye Josiah, raised this alarm himself.

Josiah raised the alarm when he fielded questions from newsmen in Abuja, and also accused the Ministry of Health of collaborating with the doctors in suppressing JOHESU’s legitimate demands from the government.

JOHESU had on April 17 embarked on industrial action to press home its demands bordering on improved healthcare facilities and welfare.

The Nigerian Medical Association NMA, had in a statement threatened to withdraw their services across health institutions in the country if the federal government acceded to the demands of JOHESU and other health workers.

The doctors drew the attention of government to the concluding part of their letter no. NMA/PRE/SG/03/0751 of 21st March 2014.

It statement reads in part;

“The NMA wishes to draw the attention of the Federal Government to our correspondence of April 21, 2014, on the above, in which we reminded government of the collective bargaining agreement we had with the Federal Government of Nigeria in January 2014.

“In view of the above, the NMA painfully wishes to inform the Federal Government of Nigeria that any award to the non-medically qualified health professionals that violates the January and July agreements of 2014 shall result in the resumption of the suspended withdrawal of service of 2014. Please take this as a notice.’’

“The above reminder is predicated on the extension of the ongoing strike action embarked upon by the amorphous body called `JOHESU’.

“The basis of the strike is callous and ill motivated for pay parity between her members and doctors with the resultant erosion of relativity and further hierarchical distortion in the health sector vis-à-vis her clandestine romance with some top government officials.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Nigerian Medical Association wishes to restate her positions on the various demands of JOHESU:

“We oppose vehemently, any adjustment in CONHESS SALARY SCALE with resultant pay parity between doctors and healthcare professionals allied to medicine, and hereby reaffirm that relativity is sacrosanct,”

HEALTH MINISTER CAUTIONS STRIKING JOHESU AGAINST WORK-PLACE VIOLENCE

THE Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has cautioned that striking Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) have no constitutional right to harass other health workers, not on strike or lock government facilities.

The minister gave the caution in a statement issued by Mr Oshundun Olajide, Deputy Director, Media and Public Relations of the ministry, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Olajide said the minister said this while reacting to a news briefing by the President, National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr Ugochukwu Chinaka.

He noted that the resident doctors accused JOHESU members of harassing and molesting members of NARD and other medical officers at their respective duty posts.

According to the statement, 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.

Olajide also quoted the minister as saying that the federal government would not accept nor condone any act of irresponsibility and disobedience to constituted authorities.

The minister also directed that all locked health facilities should be re-opened immediately to enable them to provide required services while negotiation continues.

Adewole re-iterated that all heads of medical institutions should urgently provide adequate security for the working members of staff.

It warned that any person found disturbing the peace in any health facility should be made to face the law.

EMZOR – We are committed to prevention of drug addiction 

Recall that NAFDAC had on Saturday lifted the shutdown order on Emzor Pharmaceuticals’ factory and two other companies; Peace Standard Pharmaceutical Limited and Bioraj Pharmaceutical Limited in Ilorin, Kwara State which were shutdown over codeine syrup crisis.

Speaking on Sunday  during a press conference on the reopening of EMZOR’s liquid production line earlier shut by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC,  Okoli, who described the management of drug addiction as a collective effort, said tackling the problem of drug abuse required a multi-sectoral approach.

“Emzor will seek to make relevant and impactful contributions to the multi-agency discussions on the way forward that are sure to follow in the days and months ahead. From the limited depiction of rehabilitation efforts represented in the BBC programme, there is room for much support and improvement in the treatment and rehabilitation of persons affected by addiction.

“As an organisation we will continue to contribute to this vital aspect of managing the problem and securing the National treasure that is our youth…

“We are happy to announce that after carrying out all necessary due diligence, NAFDAC has now reopened the factory…

“As a parent and especially a mother, I am deeply saddened by the problem of drug abuse and its damaging effect on our children and youths. Even more painful is the fact that a genuine therapeutic product, made for the relief of a specific illness, has been turned into a substance of abuse…

“We  commend the Federal Government and the relevant agencies and NAFDAC for their prompt response to what is a serious matter of deep concern to all Nigerians. We also commend the Federal Ministry of Health for their prompt response as all Nigerians called for action towards controlling the situation.

“NAFDAC, after their inspections are satisfied that our manufacturing processes conform to all laid down procedure and we are a fully compliant company. Our company has been consistently compliant and we have valid Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certifications.”

“At Emzor, we are committed to making unlimited wellness available to all Nigerians, through our range of more than 120 high quality healthcare products, which are all duly approved by NAFDAC. For more than 30 years, Nigerians have trusted our brand name, which stands for quality and reliability.

“This trust we have earned, through unrelenting hard work and commitment to the highest standards and best practices in pharmaceutical manufacturing. The events of these past two weeks have only served to further strengthen that commitment.”

 

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