Nigerian Medical Association has accused striking health workers in Federal Hospitals across Nigeria of committing crimes against humanity and making attempt to hold the in-coming administration of Muhammadu Buhari, hostage.
The Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals began a nationwide strike last Monday over several pending issues that were crippling medical services in the affected hospitals. It was gathered that because of the strike, pharmacists, physiotherapists, medical laboratory scientists, radiographers, dieticians, dental technologists, optometrists, clinical psychologists, medical social workers and all other health professionals, except doctors and nurses, were not rendering medical services to patients.
Speaking in Ibadan, after the NMA 55th Annual General Conference and Delegates Meeting the President of the association, Dr. Kayode Obembe, described the action of the health workers as “genocide” and agitation for undeserving power and financial enrichment to the detriment of the lives of patients.
He said, “After a careful appraisal of the renewed disruption of industrial peace in the health sector in recent times, we are sad as to what the seeming conspiratorial gang-up portends to national security, economy and general well-being. We rise against the disruption of services by allied health workers in an attempt to ambush and hold the in-coming administration hostage as they did to the out-going government.
“We call on the government to treat these unbridled acts as genocide and crime against humanity and bring the culprits to book. Nigeria is today infested with a group of health workers who completely throw decorum and decency to the winds and hence, exhibit lack of human feelings and empathy.”
Obembe also accused the striking health workers of locking up public offices, theatres, laboratories, and vandalising power generating and water supply systems. They were also accused of tampering with oxygen supply systems to patients in critical conditions each time they embarked on strike.
The president also called on the government to act like true employers, adding that failing to be decisive and realistic in dealing with the striking health workers would mean that the government was completely shirking in its responsibility.
While offering a solution on the frequent strikes in federal hospitals, Obembe implored the Federal Government to release the Yayale Ahmed Committee, saying it contained solutions to all agitations by health workers.
“The release of the white paper will greatly enhance industrial harmony and quality of health care in Nigeria, as the roles and responsibilities of all professions will be clearly defined and strictly regulated by the various regulating bodies,” he added.


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