Health Workers in Kwara State has called off its industrial action embarked upon since Monday, January 21, 2019.

The Kwara chapter of the Congress of the Coalition of Health Sector Unions (COHESU) called off the strike on Thursday, January 24, 2019, over the outbreak of Lassa fever, Yellow fever, and Polio in the state.

This was made known in a statement jointly signed by Mr Joseph Adekanye, Chairman of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives and Mr Murtala Olayinka, Chairman of Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria in Ilorin.

According to COHESU, the move was a humanitarian effort to help persons in the state affected by the diseases.

The statement reads in parts; “The strike is suspended due to the current outbreak of Lassa fever, Yellow Fever and Polio virus in some parts of Kwara, to allow the participation of our members in efforts to curb the spread of diseases.

“That due to intervention of well-meaning stakeholders in the state, we hereby suspend the strike and our members are expected to resume work immediately with the hope that the state government will urgently address the issues that led to the strike.”

“That full implementation of promotion should be paid rather than being short paid as noticed in the last payment of promotion exercise.

“We also request that the pay slip be given to our members on monthly basis as health workers in the 16 local councils are not certain how their salaries are being deducted.

“That seniority list be followed in the appointments of officers into various positions and those abnormally appointed should be corrected in order to maintain sanity in the system,” the statement added.

It would be recalled that the health workers had embarked on an indefinite strike across the 16 local government areas of the state on January 21 and they are agitating over the non-implementation of the 10 Consolidated Salary Structure for workers.

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