No going again on strike, say Oyo nurses, midwives

Nurses and midwives in Oyo State on Wednesday insisted that their ongoing strike wouldn’t be known as off till their calls for had been met by the state authorities.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan, the state capital, the Chairman, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Dr. Samuel Adeyemi stated there was no going again on the commercial motion.

NAN reviews that the nurses and midwives within the state government-owned hospitals and well being centres started an indefinite strike on May 21, 2024.

The industrial motion has been taking its toll on the sufferers who every day throng the hospitals with no nurses and midwives to take care of them.

The calls for by the NANNM embrace pressing mass recruitment of nurses and midwives and correction of the incorrect notional date on the promotion letters of members who had been due in 2017/2018.

Others are the adoption and implementation of lateral conversion or profession development for the nurses, as it’s in different states of the Federation.

The affiliation can be demanding the cost of withheld 2011 wage arrears which, in accordance with it, had been paid to different staff.

Adeyemi, nevertheless, maintained that the indefinite strike would proceed till Governor Seyi Makinde took acceptable motion.

“That’s the choice of our congress since there may be none of our agitations met, apart from the commercial of recruitment of nurses which may very well be a delay tactic.

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“This is like one or two out of the eight objects; even the advert has not culminated in employment.

“You can imagine the kind of society we are living in. No respect for human life. Strike in the health industry means a lot and will never be allowed in civilised countries,” Adeyemi stated.

“But the adverse is the case here. In conclusion, our indefinite strike continues,” he added.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the State Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Akin Fagbemi, had stated that the important thing areas within the calls for of the placing nurses had been problems with recruitment.

Fagbemi recalled that in 2020, the state authorities recruited well being staff within the state and that the board had been given the directive to do replacements if there have been vacancies.

He stated that an advert had been throughout the public place to recruit competent fingers, together with medical doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists and physiotherapists, amongst others.

The SHMB chairman appealed to the placing nurses and midwives to name off their strike within the curiosity of the folks of the state.

“The recruitment of healthcare workers in the state is a continuous process and before the end of the year, the Board will look at the gaps in the hospitals and do the needful,” Fagbemi stated.




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