Medical activities at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital is currently on amidst an order issued by Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Health Care Professionals (JOHESU) and National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) to all federal hospitals to proceed on an indefinite strike starting on Wednesday, 20th of September 2017.
In a visit to LUTH, our correspondents noticed that health activities were going normally, with workers duly attending to patients as the case may be. It can be said that the strike action is yet to take effect in the hospital as both administrative and non-administrative staffs of the hospital are working in full force.
When contacted to know why the hospital is not partaking in the strike as ordered by JOHESU and NANNM, the Public Relations Officer of LUTH, Mr. Kelechi Otuneme asserted that the hospital is yet to join the strike because no directives have been issued in such direction.
“The union is on strike but we are yet to get notice ordering us to join the strike. Once we get the order, we will join the strike and it will be known to the people,” he said.
Likewise one of the doctors who spoke with SaharaReporters disclosed that staffs are yet to receive the directives to join the nationwide strike action.
“We know there is a strike but work is on because the management is yet to give us go ahead to partake in the strike. We are waiting for the decision of the management to know whether or not we will be joining the strike.”
JOHESU and NANNM have since 2012 been demanding for payment of arrears of specialists allowance and upgrade of members due for a promotion.