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Kano health workers join JOHESU strike

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Normal services have been halted in public healthcare facilities in Kano as healthcare workers in the state joined the JOHESU nationwide strike in solidarity.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that activities at the Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital and Abdullahi Wase Hospital in Kano have been paralysed as a result of the JOHESU.

NAN checks around the two hospitals on Thursday revealed that many departments have shut down in solidarity with the industrial action by JOHESU.

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Many patients were stranded as the card units, the Pharmaceutical outlets and many other departments remained shut.

Some patients who spoke with NAN expressed dismay over the strike action.

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Uwani Hamman, one of the patients, pleaded with the striking workers to consider their plight and return to work.

Another patient at the Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital told NAN on condition of anonymity that she was concern over how the patients’ relatives were left to clean the toilets.

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A staff of Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital, who also pleaded anonymity, expressed concern over the situation.

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According to him, “We knew about the strike yet we came ready to work and just as we entered the theatre to set up, we were driven away by our union leaders.”

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He appealed to the Federal Government to speedily address the issues and come to terms with the association.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the strike action embarked upon by the Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, has entered its fourth week.


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