Nurses and Midwives in two federal health institutions in Abeokuta, Ogun State– the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba, and the Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro – on Wednesday protested against the decay in the health sector and alleged discrimination against them by the Federal Ministry of Health.
They held the protest at the FMC, Idi Aba, under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Federal Health Institutions chapter.
The Chairman, Joint Health Sector Unions in FMC, Samuel Idowu, and the Unit Chairman, NANNM, Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Oluwayemisi Falana, lamented the alleged re-designation of nurses, which they noted was not in line with the scheme of service of their members.
Idowu, who read a speech of the National Secretary of the association, Gambo Dan- Fulani, complained of non-payment of promotion arrears for upward of four years to deserving members.
He also condemned the deteriorating state of infrastructure and non-availability of adequate medical consumables in federal health institutions.
He said, “Promotion given to our members is not real promotion, because even with the promotion they still remain stagnated.
“Again, the promotion has no financial backing, whereas the resident doctors and the consultants have everything given to them by the Federal Ministry of Health as soon as they ask.
“They have also failed to pay our members’ uniform allowance. Professionals cannot change their uniforms as and when due.”
Falana lamented the lack of consumables in the federal health institutions, saying they had been turned to “consulting clinics where there are no drugs and other essentials.”
Also speaking during the protest, Unit Chairman, NANNM,FMC chapter, Abosede Fagoyinbo, urged the Federal Government to remove the health institutions’ accounts from the Treasury Single Account.
Fagoyinbo said, “The Treasury Single Account is about mobilising all funds into the federation account. But when you look at health sector, we render essential services. By the principle which TSA operates, you cannot access fund quickly and this is really wrecking the services we provide in the hospitals.”
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