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Akwa Ibom Tasks Health Workers’ Unions On Service Delivery

Posted: May 11, 2015 at 1:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Akwa Ibom Commissioner for Health, Dr Emem-Abasi Bassey, has urged health workers’ unions in the country to ensure harmony among themselves for effective healthcare delivery.

Bassey said this while declaring open the 6th Triennial Delegates’ Conference of the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) in Uyo.

The commissioner was represented by Dr Martins Akpan, Chief Medical Officer in-charge of Free Healthcare Programme in the state.

Bassey said the current frictions in the health sector was not in the interest of the patients and the health sector.

He told them that no meaningful progress could be achieved in the sector when there was disunity and rancour among the health
unions in the country.

“As you begin deliberations today, it is important to remind us that key to providing effective healthcare to our people is the need to maintain harmony among constituent group in the sector.

“The current trend in the sector, which is characterised by suspicion, hostility, in-fighting and similar vices, is to say the least, not healthy for the health sector.

“Let me emphasise for the umpteenth time that maintaining harmony and team spirit among healthcare workers is a win-win situation,” he said.

He noted that what the patients needed in the country was improved care and coordination in the service delivery and not rancour.

Earlier, National President of the union, Mr Felix Faniran, said the union would establish consultancy status for its members as well as pursue the post of chief executive officers of Nigeria’s tertiary hospitals for them.

Faniran said that the union would pursue various court cases, agitations and negotiations to get what NUAHP required.

“The hopes of many allied health professionals which had been dampened before now are being resuscitated.

“Attempts are now being made to establish consultancy status for our members, payment of specialist allowance and participation in the post of chief executive officers of our tertiary hospitals are being pursued vigorously,” he said.

He, however, regretted that the National Health Act did not mention the existing registered trade unions or recognised their roles in the healthcare services.

According to him, the act does not also provide for composition of Federal Ministry of Health in spite of the union’s strong position on the matter.

He asked that the Federal Ministry of Health should be made up of various directorates that would reflect the various healthcare professional groups in the health sector.

He said, “Our attention has just been drawn to a committee recently set up by the Honourable Minister of Health on the Act without including any member of our union. We disagree with this and call for correction of this action in the interest of fairness.”