NUAHP Requires Implementation of Approved Risk Allocation for Health Workers

The Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to begin the implementation of the newly approved hazard pay for medical and health workers in Nigeria.

The union also urged federal and state governments to take immediate action regarding the payment of specialist stipends to deserving healthcare professionals.

This was in a keynote address delivered by its National President Comrade Obinna Ogbonna during the opening session of its National Executive Council meeting in Abuja.

“The union hereby calls on Mr. President to continue his magnanimity and consider the reciprocal gesture shown by healthcare workers through their unions to maintain industrial harmony for more than two years.

“Mr. President can do this by directing the appropriate authorities of the federal government to immediately begin payment of the new risk allowance with the accumulated arrears and to expressly approve the adjustment of the consolidated health salary structure (CONHESS) and to make payment accordingly.

“Other union demands that require immediate federal and state attention and action are; payment of a specialist allowance to deserving health professionals.

“Implementation of the 2020 circular on the framework of the consultant pharmacist. The April and May 2018 shortfall payment withheld salaries and payment of promotion arrears at affected Federal Health Institutions (FHIs).

“State governments that owe health workers salary and promotion arrears should pay without further delay. Overhaul of public health infrastructure nationwide.

Ogbonna commended the National Assembly for amending the University Education Act CAP U15 LFN, known as Executive Order 10 of 1985, saying the amendment would reduce frequent industrialists in the nation’s health sector.

“The Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) expressly commends the National Assembly, especially the House of Representatives, for taking a bold step towards amending the Teaching Hospitals Act (Replenishment of Councils etc. .) Cap U15 LFN, 2004 formerly known as Executive Order 10 of 1985. It was the enactment of this Executive Order in 1985 that introduced dichotomy and discrimination in the healthcare industry.

“These unfair practices have continued to render the public health sector in Nigeria unable to deliver effective, accessible and affordable health services. It is also evident that the decree was responsible for the collapse of Nigeria’s health sector from its enviable 55th position to now 187th out of 191 countries in the world according to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) ranking.

“We call on the National Assembly in particular, the House Committee on Health Facilities under the chairmanship of the Honorable Pascal Obi to expedite action on the report of the public hearing, it is simultaneous in the senate and eventual passage for transmission to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR for his assent.

Additionally, NUAHP stated; “We therefore call on governments at all levels to ensure adequate security for health workers in the performance of their essential functions. Furthermore, all the welfare issues contained in our demands must be addressed in order to stem the alarming brain drain in the health sector.

“We urge Mr. President to direct relevant government institutions to take appropriate action to meet these demands in the public interest and for lasting industrial harmony in the public health sector. We also call on the governors of the States that owe health workers back wages and compensation to be paid without further delay.

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