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Healthcare Professionals in Oyo State Commence Seven-Day Warning Strike Over Unmet Demands

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On Monday, March 4, healthcare professionals under the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) in Oyo State embarked on a seven-day warning strike.

The strike would involve laboratory scientists, physiotherapists, dental technologists, dental therapists, medical social workers, radiographers, nutritionists, dietitians, and health records and information managers in all general, state, and specialist/teaching hospitals.

The chairman of NUAHP, Comrade Olanrewaju Ajani, announced this decision during a press conference, stating that the strike took immediate effect.

He also said that the warning strike followed an ultimatum issued to the state government during the union’s meeting on February 23. Ajani specified that the ultimatum, which began on February 26, concluded on March 4.

“We hereby direct all our members in all the hospitals and health facilities across the state to proceed on strike starting today (Monday).

“It will last till March 11, and if, after the expiration, there is no feasible outcome, the union will declare an indefinite strike, after which our members in all the general, state and specialist/teaching hospitals across the state are to withdraw their services,” said Mr Ajani.

He said many of the union’s demands had been pending for a long time without adequate attention from the state government.

He said the union’s leadership had engaged in several meetings and negotiations with the management teams of Oyo State Hospitals’ Management Board, Ministry of Health, Office of the Head of Service, and other relevant bodies.

He also noted that various committees had summoned the union’s leadership on multiple occasions for presentations, but there had been no positive response to the members’ concerns.

Among the demands requiring immediate attention from the government, Mr Ajani listed the implementation of the new national hazard allowance for health professionals, citing a circular issued to this effect in 2021.

“We demand the implementation of a teaching allowance for NUAHP members who are deeply involved in training interns and students on clinical and research postings and the adjustment of the CONHESS table for our members, as already implemented for medical doctors since 2021,” he added.

Furthermore, he called for the issuance of promotion letters to qualified members who participated in recent promotion exercises, similar to what others received months earlier, and the reinstatement of call duty allowance for dental therapists.

“We want the recruitment of more health workers and professionals to include members of NUAHP to replace those who are retiring and those who left the service of the state, among other demands,” he concluded.

He appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde to address the grievances of NUAHP members promptly and with the utmost urgency.

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