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MEDICAL & HEALTHCARE

Allied Health Workers Suspend Strike

Members of the Nigerian Union of Allied Healthcare Professionals (NUAHP) comprising dieticians, physiotherapists, speech therapists and radiographers among others have suspended their 23 day-old nationwide strike, citing concern for human lives and respect for the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

Speaking at  a press conference in Ibadan on Tuesday, June 9, the union’s National President, Dr. Ogbonna Chimela, said the members in reviewing their position, gave the federal government till July 31, 2015 with  effect from yesterday to meet their nine-point demands which led members to begin the strike from May 18.

According to him, the demands included the urgent need to  release a circular to implement an agreement on adjusted salaries of all health professionals as done for NMA members since January 2014, payment of arrears on skipping of CONHESS 10 since year 2010 in compliance with a court judgment, promotion of members from CONHESS 14 to 15 having spent  over 15  years on the grade  level and designated the most senior one  as Director/HOD and appointment of  members as chief medical  directors of various  tertiary hospitals rather than  skewing  the position in favour of medical practitioners only, among others.

Chimela gave the government till July 31 to meet their demands or they would take  legal options apart from embarking on strike.

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