By Ahmed Ajikobi
The Kwara state Nurses have called off its ongoing 7-day warning strike,this was announced on Saturday as the Nurses resume back to work on Sunday.
This was disclosed by the state Chairman Coalition of Health Sector Union and who also double as chairman medical and health Workers Union, Comrade Mustapha Olayinka to National Pilot during a telephone interview on Saturday that the negotiation will continue on Monday.
It would be recalled on Tuesday, 30th, November,the health workers across the kwara state embarked on seven days warning strike based on their agitations to the state government led by the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq administration.
The warning strike was said to be relaxed to allow the state government to consider the health workers request.
It was gathered that, the health workers demanded for their 100 % Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS), seven months backlogs of their salary, health workers recruitment among others.
This medium gathered that, the health workers in the state has been agitating for years demanding the pay rise from 50% to 100% CONHESS.
It was learnt that, when the upward review of the CONHESS was done, extra 10% was added to make it 60% upward review which was applicable to the state health workers on old CONHESS but local government health workers was left out till date.
Olayinka said that the previous administration, “set up committee and the committee came out with a result on the 10% of the local government yet it was not implemented due to acclaimed dropped on the allocation. When the minimum wage table came out 2019 at around November we asked for the adoption of the adjusted CONHESS table of 2019.
The government promised that when the minimum wage of the core civil servants are met with they will equally do that of the health workers.”,he said.
Olayinka explained that, ”when the medical doctors called for the adoption of 2019 CONHESS table which resulted to seven days warning strike, government called them for negotiation including the health workers union, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and midwives,the health workers that form the combination of COHESU,Pharmarcist and medical labs sciences. Surprisingly they concluded that of the medical doctors and left others unconcluded. having gone for several negotiation.”
He said the latest meeting between the health workers and the state government includes the head of service, Mrs. Susan Modupe, permanent secretary for establishment, controller of Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Senior Special Assistant on Labour matter, Permanet secretary ministry of health and the Director General hospital management board.
According to him, among their demand is staff strength which is very low compare with other state within the zone kwara fall into.
“We demanded for recruitment of more health workers, shortage of Nurses, Pharmacist, medical lab scientist. Primary health care should under one roof for local government health workers”. he said.