By David Dari
The Management of the Federal Medical Centre Keffi has reiterated its total commitment to continue to place a high premium on the welfare and satisfaction of its patients and staff as a mark of responsibility just as the Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU) embarked on a one-week warning strike to press home for their demands.
The Medical Director of the Centre, Yahaya Baba Adamu, made the pledge in an interactive session with newsmen about the strike action which he described as uncalled for, because the unions have failed to exhaust all the available avenues for dialogue and consultations where all the issues raised would be settle amicably to the satisfaction of the parties and the patients whom he said are the major focal points.
The Medical Director who described the manner at which the JOHESU resolved to go on strike without recourse for dialogue and consultations in view of the fact that their work is an essential service that deals directly with human lives adding that such also amounts to throwing away the baby with the bath water.
While appealing to members of the JOHESU to retrace their steps and come back to their various duty posts, the Medical Director assured them of the determinations of the management to continue to open its arms for dialogue and consultations for the purpose of achieving the desired results and for industrial harmony to prevail at the centre.
Dr. Adamu who went through the various demands of the JOHESU presented unto him item by item, stated that all of them could be amicably resolved without any recourse to strike action if the union had been patient and have chart the cause of collective engagement towards addressing them collectively.
The Medical Director who expressed the satisfaction that even with the strike action some Doctors and Nurses are still there at the hospital rendering services to the patients and assured that efforts would be actively intensified to make sure that the patients whom he described as the king did not suffer or have any discomfort due to the strike action.
Dr. Baba Adamu then expressed his gratitude to the Emir of Keffi Dr. Shehu Cindo Yamusa for wading into the matter quickly with a view to finding a lasting solution to it, expressed the optimism that it would be taking care off immediately given the commitments he put into the issue.
He further disclosed that the Board Chairman and members and all other stakeholders would be involved to ensure that all amicable solution is achieved and at the same time forestall future occurrence of the issue.
Our man reports that the official of the Joint Health Sectors Union JOHBSU have presented their demands to the management to includes among other things the implementation of their various promotions, reduction of taxes, implementation of call duty allowances to environmental health officers, delay in the payment of 2018 promotion arrears as well as the abolition of office of the co-ordination clinical services among others.