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Kaduna Health Workers Ignore El-Rufai’s Threat, Proceed On Strike

Governor Elrufai
Nasir El-Rufai

Despite threats issued by the Kaduna State government, health workers in the state have commenced a 7-day warning strike over unresolved points the State Authorities.

This was made recognized in a communique issued on the finish of the joint assembly of Kaduna State Healthcare Staff Unions and Associations.

The communiqué issued to journalists on Saturday was signed by Dr Danjuma Sale, Chairman MDCAN BDTH, Dr Emmanuel Joseph, President ARD Kaduna, Mr Ibrahim Abashe, Chairman, Nationwide Affiliation of Pharmaceutical Technologists and Pharmacy Know-how of Nigeria, Dr Stephen Akau Kache, Chairman NMA Kaduna, and 10 different state healthcare staff unions and associations.

“We noticed that the Kaduna State authorities deducted 25% of the salaries from about 11,000 of her Healthcare staff within the midst of COVID 19 (April and Could). This motion was accomplished in violation of part 5 of the Labour Act.”

“Kaduna State Authorities paid between 150,000 to 450,000 naira as Occupational Security incentives to about 300 chosen HCWs and non HCWs working as workers or volunteer within the IDC and isolation centre or serving in a number of the COVID-19 pillars. Lower than 2% of the HCWs within the State benefited from the packages,” they mentioned.

“None of our members working in hospitals have been contacted to offer their particulars for the extensively publicized #5million and the #2 million life and incapacity insurance coverage respectively.”

“All well being staff are uncovered to various levels of danger of infectious illnesses resembling COVID-19, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDs, Lassa fever, Ebola fever amongst others.”

“There are not any satisfactory PPEs within the State hospitals as evidenced by a. Sufferers shopping for their very own gloves; b. HCWs getting their very own private facemask and eye goggles amongst different fundamental PPEs.”

“At a time when the Case Administration thematic pillars was having difficulties to get volunteers, the Unions got here to their rescue by mobilizing and absolutely organizing the primary coaching for HCWs to enhance the capability to deal with COVID-19 sufferers.”

“Up till Thursday 21st Could 2020, the Unions and Associations had been opened to negotiations and honored an invite for a gathering known as by the honorable commissioner of well being even at very brief discover.

Learn Additionally: 25% Salary Deduction: Go On Strike, Forfeit Your Job, El-rufai Threatens Kaduna Health Workers

“Nonetheless points raised on the assembly weren’t thought of by the federal government, relatively our members had been inundated with a round signed by the Commissioner of health-threatening no work no pay.

“This was adopted by a press launch with a risk from the federal government to sack any of our members who take part within the strike motion.”

“We need to thank our members for complying with the directive of the unions and associations within the Kaduna State Well being Sector.

“Most of the people ought to take notice that we’re open to dialogue and will, due to this fact, prevail on the State authorities to hearken to the voice of purpose and do the needful to avert the avoidable disaster within the Well being Sector of the State,” they mentioned.

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