By Auta Obadiah Dauda

The Congress of Health Workers Unions and Associations, Kaduna state chapter has given the state government an ultimatum to refund their 25 percent salary that was cut and also provide them with Personal Protective Equipments.

According to the union, if the government fails to meet the demand, they will be left with no option than to take all the necessary actions within the labour laws.

The workers stated this in a communique issued at the end of its joined meeting, and signed by the leaders of the various associations including the chairman, medical and health workers
Union of Nigeria, Kaduna State Council, Nurse Ishaku Yakubu, Chairman, NANNM Kaduna state council, Dr Stephen Akau Kache, Chairman Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy, Kaduna state chapter, Dr Jinad Jubril Olawale, Chairman AMLSN Kaduna Branch, Comrade Lawal T B and
Chairman MDCAN BDTH, Dr Danjuma Sale.

“We reject in its entirety the deduction of 25% of healthcare workers salary as this is illegal and has reduced the morale of workers in the frontlines

“We demand for a refund of the 25% deducted in April, 2020 and a stoppage of further deductions. All health workers currently in contact with patients or body specimens are at high risk of exposure to COVID 19 and other infectious diseases and should be categorized as such in the Occupational Safety insensitive of the State Government

“We urge the State government to provide adequate basic PPEs to all the health facilities across the State.
If government fails to meet the above demands, then this communique shall serve as an ultimatum to the State government and we shall be left with no option than to take all the necessary actions within the Labour laws,” the communique added.

According to the communique, the various health workers unions and associations in Kaduna state held a meeting to discuss the recent deduction of 25% of health workers salaries.

“In attendance at the meeting were representatives of National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientist of Nigeria Kaduna state, Nigerian Medical Association Kaduna State, Association of resident doctors Kaduna State, Medical and Dental consultants association of Nigeria BDTH, Association of resident doctors BDTH, National Association of Community Health practitioners of Nigeria, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN), National Association of Pharmaceutical Technologist and pharmacy Technician of Nigeria, Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy, Kaduna state chapter, Environmental Health Officers Association of Nigeria, Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Joint Health Workers Union, Kaduna.

“The 25% of healthcare workers’ salaries was illegally slashed in the month of April 2020 without due consultations with the attendant demotivation of the healthcare workforce

“The quarantine order imposed on the state exempted healthcare workers who have been in the frontlines of the battle against COVID 19 in the State and have continued to offer services to Non COVID 19 patients since the lockdown began

“That there is no clear definition of the different categories of healthcare workers in the Occupational Safety incentives announced by the State government

“That all healthcare workers in the State are in the frontlines of this fight against COVID 19 as long as we continue to see patients

“There are inadequate Personal Protective Equipments at our hospitals and primary health centres across the State,” the join health workers added resolving to take labour action if the 25 percent earlier cut by the government is not refunded.

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