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Brain drain: Oyo health workers to begin 7-day warning strike on Monday

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Medical and health workers in Oyo State are set to commence a seven-day warning strike starting Monday, to press for their demands.

The President of the state chapter of the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Mr. John Fabunmi, confirmed this development to newsmen in Ibadan on Sunday.

The warning strike will involve members of the union across all health institutions in the state, including those in ministries, departments, and local government councils.

Fabunmi explained that the industrial action has become necessary due to the state government’s persistent neglect of their grievances.

Fabunmi outlined the key demands of the union, which include the extension of the new hazard allowance to all health workers in the state, not just those in hospitals.

“We have consistently reminded the state government of these issues, but no concrete actions have been taken,” Fabunmi stated.

“Despite giving the state government, a 14-day ultimatum, which expired on June 21, there has been no response.”

In light of this, the union has resolved to embark on a seven-day warning strike to draw further attention to their demands.

“Our members in all health institutions, ministries, and local governments will participate in the strike starting Monday, June 24,” Fabunmi said.

The warning strike by MHWUN follows a similar action by the state’s nurses and midwives.

On May 21, the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) state chapter began an indefinite strike due to the government’s failure to address their demands.

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