Abuja National Hospital closed, as workers embark on strike

By Post Nigeria May 21, 2015 10:32

Abuja National Hospital closed, as workers embark on strike

Health workers at the Abuja National Hospital embarked on a three-day warning strike on Wednesday, which grounded activities at the tertiary health institution.

The strike by the workers is to protest the non-implementation of the Consolidated Health Salary Structure, CONHESS 10, as approved by Government for healthcare workers.

Activities at the hospitals were halted and the major casualties of the strike were the patients who came for various medical needs but could not access services at the apex health facility.

The spokesman of the workers, Otolori Kokori Matthew, explained that the strike was long coming, as they had made several efforts, including issuing a 21 day ultimatum, to persuade the hospital management to implement the salary structure.

He warned that the workers would be left with no choice but to embark on a full scale disruption of services at hospitals, should the present warning fail to yield the desired result.

    “We are using the opportunity of the 3-day warning strike to sensitize the Federal Government to prevail on the management of the National Hospital to implement the CONHESS salary structure. It is long overdue”, he said.

He noted that all other tertiary health institutions in the country have implemented the CONHESS salary structure, and wondered why the management of the hospital was dilly-dallying over the issue