The health workers in Kaduna state have commenced 7-days warning strike over issues that were yet to be resolved between them and the Kaduna State Government.
This was made known on Saturday in a statement signed by Chairman MDCAN BDTH, Dr Danjuma Sale, President ARD Kaduna, Dr Emmanuel Joseph, Chairman, National Association of Pharmaceutical Technologists and Pharmacy Technology of Nigeria, Mr Ibrahim Abashe, Chairman NMA Kaduna, Dr Stephen Akau Kache, and 10 other state healthcare workers unions and associations.
The health workers said in the statement, “We observed that Kaduna state government deducted 25% of the salaries from about 11,000 of her Healthcare workers in the midst of COVID 19 (April and May). This action was done in violation of section 5 of the Labour Act.”
“Kaduna State Government paid between 150,000 to 450,000 naira as Occupational Safety incentives to about 300 selected HCWs and non HCWs working as staff or volunteer in the IDC and isolation centre or serving in some of the Covid 19 pillars.Less than 2% of the HCWs in the State benefited from the packages.”
The health workers stated that the promised 10% incentives for other HCWs, though inadequate was yet to be paid.
“None of our members working in hospitals have been contacted to give their details for the widely publicized #5million and the #2 million life and disability insurance respectively.”
“All health workers are exposed to varying degrees of risk of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDs, Lassa fever, Ebola fever among others.”
“There are no adequate PPEs in the State hospitals as evidenced by a. Patients buying their own gloves; b. HCWs getting their own personal facemask and eye goggles among other basic PPEs.
” They said it was imperative to clarify that their action was not in any way blackmail in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. They said the public should note of that the state doctors were on Strike prior to the Pandemic but were prevailed upon to call off their actions by the State and National NMA.
“At a time when the Case Management thematic pillars was having difficulties to get volunteers, the Unions came to their rescue by mobilizing and fully organizing the first training for HCWs to improve the capacity to take care of COVID-19 patients.”
“Up until Thursday 21st May 2020, the Unions and Associations were opened to negotiations and honored an invitation for a meeting called by the honorable commissioner of health even at a very short notice.
“However issues raised at the meeting were not considered by the government, rather our members were inundated with a circular signed by the Commissioner of health-threatening no work no pay. “This was followed by a press release with a threat from government to sack any of our members who participate in the strike action,” they said.