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Government appeals to health workers to end strike

The Nigerian government has appealed to members of the Joint Health Sector Union to end the nationwide indefinite strike being embarked upon since last week.

The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, who made the appeal at the foundation laying of the Federal Medical Centre Annex in Abeokuta urged the health workers to return to the negotiation table so as to reach a compromise with the government on their demands.

The Minister re-assured the health workers of government’s commitment to give prominence to the health sector and the provision of medical services to the masses, especially those at the rural areas.

He also sought for the cooperation of relevant stakeholders towards reviving the sector, restore confidence of the people and reduce incidences of medical tourism.

This centre is blessed with a governing board of men and women with great experience and integrity. It is government’s hope that the board will usher in an era of peace and meaningful development in health.

I urge the management to work with the board for the growth of this institution. I also rejoice with the Medical Director, Dr. Adewale Musa and other members of staff for marking this joyous occasion of 25 years of FMC, he said.

The Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun while speaking at the event, said the institution has taken a noble stride of landmark achievements in her relatively short existence.

It is my prayer that this Center scores high in performance always to contribute to the health of Ogun state and Nigerians at large and also remain a source of pride to the national health system. It is therefore altogether fitting that the FMCA can be how worthy of proof and physical expansion.

Continuous inspection

Amosun also appeals to the striking health workers saying their profession is not like any other profession because lives are involved.

I am sure the President would not want anybody to be shortchanged but times are really hard. So please I beg you.

To all the staff of FMC and other health institution in Ogun state I greet you so much.

I want to thank Mr. President for all that is happening in the area of health. I am glad that he went on memory lane and realize that there is a huge gap and that gap is being bridged and that is why we have to commend him and the federal ministry of health ably led by Professor Adewole. I know there is much to be done but with what they have been doing, clearly we will get there, he said.

Amosun expressed his Congratulatory message to the management of FMC on the 25th anniversary of the institution.

In all our works we need to make sure that the primary health care centers are active. Not just building Primary Health Centers, because they are the ones that will take off the burden from the secondary and tertiary health institution like we are planning to do here.

He stated the federal government plans to have primary health centers in all local governments while he gives an assurance of continuous inspection of the roads not minding the fact that it was a federal road.

Meanwhile, the Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre in Abeokuta, Professor Adewale Musa-Olomu, expressed hope that the proposed university will take off with students admitted to read Medicine by JAMB while the centre will serve as the teaching hospital.

He said the university will accommodate the expansion of the centre’s infrastructure such as ultra-modern laboratories of Micro-biology, chemical pathology, Heamathology and pathology department in combination with modern mortuary, radiotherapy and nuclear centre.

The medical director stated that the board of the hospital is made up of persons of substance who had come to add value to health care delivery in the centre.

He however urged he federal government to buy the idea of establishing the university and name it as Federal University of Medicine, Abeokuta.

Source: Voice of Nigeria