The National Union Of Allied Health Professionals(NUAHP) has again condemned the commercialization of the nation’s health sector, which it described as a disservice to Nigerians.
The union made this position known recently, in a communique it issued and signed by the union’s National President and General Secretary, Dr. O.C Ogbonna and O.A Obisesan respectively at the end of its National Executive Council Meeting in Jos, Plateau state.
” The Union once again condemns in strong terms the commercialization of Public health facilities in the name of Public Private Partnership (PPP) concept to a profit making venture to the detriment of patients/clients which has led to untold hardship on Nigerians. We therefore demand that the original concept of PPP which was meant to make quality healthcare available, accessible and affordable be reverted to, so that all Nigerians anytime can access quality health care services in the government owned hospitals. The union say No to privatization and commercialization”.
The communique maintained that the union was still contending with a number of challenges, stating ”The Union noted with dismay, the discriminatory act of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) in actualizing the central placements of House Officers while neglecting Interns of other Health Professions. The Union therefore demand that the FMOH should immediately include interns of the other Health Professions in the proposed central placement scheme for equity, fairness, justice and to avoid marginalization of other Health Professionals”.
”The Union expresses serious concerns and frown at the unnecessary delay of appropriate agencies which includes FMOH, Office of the Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF), Salaries Incomes and wages Commission (NSIWC) in coming up with the approved adjusted CONHESS Salary Scale. The Union hereby demands the immediate release of the scale and implementation effective from Jan, 2014. If this is not done on or before August, 31st, 2017. The Union may be forced against her wish to declare industrial strike to press home her demands”.
”The Union observes the consistent high level of attrition of Health professionals due to retirement, death, or relocation to greener pastures without replacement. This has brought acute shortage of man power and heavy work load on Health Professionals. In the same vein, the Union frowns at the illegality of employing locum/volunteer workers rather than the employment of permanent staff”, the communique concluded