Vanguard (Lagos)

17 December 2012

Nigeria: Health Workers Demand Minister's Sack

Abuja — The Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, with membership drawn from professional associations in the health sector, weekend, called for the sack of Health Minister, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu.

In a statement in Abuja, JOHESU said members of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, MHWUN, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, NANNM, National Union of Pharmacists, Medical Technologist and Professional Allied to Medicine, NUPMTPAM, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associate Institutions, SSAUTHRIA, and Non-Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, NASU, were involved in the demand for the minister's sack.

The statement by JOHESU Chairman, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, and Secretary, Comrade Yusuf Badmus, accused the minister of undue support for members of Nigeria Medical Association, adding that only medical doctors were appointed as Medical Directors of Federal Government-owned hospitals.

They said: "The protest became necessary and inevitable to press home the demand for the removal of the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, whose primary consideration has remained to protect the interest of NMA, just for the medical doctors to continue to maintain the headship of all directorates in health facilities of the country."

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