Health workers kick against privatization of hospitals


The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria has kicked against the decision of the Federal Government to withhold the April and May salaries of its members over government’s No Work, No pay policy.


The MHWUN also alleged that the FG was planning to privatise public health institutions, vowing to resist the move.


The National President of MHWUN, Biobelemoye Josiah, said this during a courtesy visit to the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, in Abuja.


He said, “Some of our members are being victimised for protesting against the reinstatement of the CMD of FMC Owerri.”


He added, “It will be most unfair when some of our members’ salaries are being withheld unjustly, while in this same country, we know unions which went on strike and all their salaries were paid.


“We are also opposed to moves to privatise public health institutions because we know privatisation is not the solution. Corruption should be eliminated from the system. We have indices of how public health institutions run abroad. But in Nigeria, over 78 per cent of health institutions are privately owned, yet we have poor health statistics.”


Idris said he would ensure that the workers were paid.



L. Nasir