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Health Workers Strike: Nigerian govt threatens ‘No Work no Pay’ rule

The federal government says it will invoke the ‘no work no pay rule’ rule if the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) persist in their strike, which has crippled health care delivery in parts of the country.

“If this group of health workers persists on continuing this strike, government will be forced to invoke the provisions of the relevant labour laws, especially Section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act”, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment said in a statement Wednesday by its Director of Press, Samuel Olowookere.

Section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act states that where any worker takes part in a strike, he shall not be entitled to any wages or other remuneration for the period of the strike, and any such period shall not count for the purpose of reckoning the period of continuous employment and all rights dependent on continuity of employment shall be prejudicially affected accordingly.

The government in the statement expressed surprised that many of the Health Workers Unions operating under the joint group, JOHESU, embarked on another round of nationwide strike despite government’s commitment to the implementation of the agreement reached with it since their last strike of September 20, 2017.

It further said it has met all the demands of the unions on issues such as the payment of promotion arrears and salary shortfalls, among others as per the agreement reached on September 30, 2017.

“The federal government therefore wishes to appeal to JOHESU to reconsider its position in view of the immeasurable consequences of its action on sick patients in hospitals across the nation.”

According to the statement, “while the federal government restates its commitment to the implementation of the Terms of Settlement reached with JOHESU, it shall not however fail in its sacred responsibility of protecting the lives of the numerous patients in all public health institutions where this group of health workers have unjustifiably withdrawn their services.

“Hence the option to apply section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act.”

JOHESU however dismissed the threat by the government.

“No be today we begin hear that kind thing, we are ready for anything. We are not moved”, the National Vice Chairman of JOHESU, Ogbonna Chimela, told PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday evening.

“Our stand is that the No work No pay rule is not going to hold water and even if they want to do it let them do it, but we shall not come back to work until our demands are met,” he added.

On the claim by the government that it has met all the demands of the unions, the JOHESU leader said the promotional arrears the government was talking about is not among the major demands of the union on which it struck a deal with the government.

“Promotion arrears is not a serious matter in what we are discussing, the major issue is the adjusted CONHESS salary and it was left undone. That was the basis to which we suspended the strike of 30th September, they have not met that demand. That was the first thing on the agreement form and that is one of the major reasons why we embarked on this strike”, the union leader explained.

JOHESU, the association of other health workers apart from medical doctors and dentists, Tuesday midnight began an indefinite strike over failure of the federal government to meet agreement it had with the union last September.

Chief among what the union is asking of the government is salary adjustments, a demand Nigerian doctors have vehemently opposed, warning the government that acceding to such demand would precipitate a crisis that may lead to the collapse of the health sector of the country.

PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday visited some key hospitals in Abuja to observe the level of compliance to the industrial action.

It was observed that while activities were grounded in some facilities, work continued in others.

‎MENSTRUAL CYCLE AND OVULATION PERIOD

Most girls don’t understand this, I didn’t too, and many times is because we don’t listen to our bodies. Abortion, unwanted pregnancy or unplanned babies can totally be avoided if you follow these simple steps..

MENSTRUAL PERIOD: The time blood flows out of your private area, when you use pad.

MENSTRUAL CYCLE: Days it takes to see another blood in the month. If you last saw your period in June 11th and it started again on July 10th 2017, then you have 30days cycle (count from 11 June to 10 July).
NOTE: It is erroneous to believe its 28days cycle, different women have different cycles ranging from 21-35 days.

OVULATION PERIOD: This is time to get pregnant without stress. This is 2 weeks after your period or 2 weeks before the next period.
Here’s a simple way to calculate your ovulation (unsafe) period.

1. From the first day you see the blood of your period.
2. Pick up a calendar and count 15 days including the first day of the blood stain.
3. Mark the 15th day with a pen.
4. Mark 3 days before the 15th day, and mark 3 days after the 15th day.
6. You will notice you have 7 days marked.
These 7 days are your ovulation/fertile days also known as unsafe period.
That is if you have sex on any of these days, then you have 98% chances of being pregnant.
7. Do this every month diligently

EVERY OTHER DAY IS YOUR SAFE PERIOD.
For example:

1. If your period is 11th July, 2017,
2. 15 days after the first day of the blood stain will be on 25th of this July too (2 weeks after) counting from 11th.
3. 15th day is on the 25th July 2017.
4. 3days before the 15th day is 22, 23, 24.
5. 3days after 25th July 2017 is 26,27,28.
6. 22-28th July (7days) is when you are ovulating. It is your fertile period.
Don’t forget that the 7 days is a reminder that sperm stays in the female body for about 7 days. Any sexual contact in between ovulation period will form something that has ears, eyes, etc.
Also
If you want a baby girl, have
sex between 3 days before ovulation (22- 24th) 2017.

For a baby boy on the main ovulation day and 3 days after 25th.

MAJOR SIGNS THAT YOUR OVULATION HAS BEGAN

You don’t need a doctor, just relax. After 2 weeks you may feel the following:
1. Headache.
2. High body temperature.
3. Dizziness (feeling of tiredness and sleepiness).
4. Breast tenderness/ size increases just like when you are menstruating.
5. Increased sex drive.
6. Light cramps or pain on one side of the pelvis.
7. Abdominal bloating.
8. Heightened sense of smell, taste or vision (you eat more).
9. Vagina mucus becomes slippery (if you notice, put it in between fingers, it stretches like thick catarrh or snail mucus, colorless like egg white.

N/B: The instance here is for ladies with 30 days cycle. And someone who saw her period in July 2017. If yours is 28, then it’s 14 days and not 15 days. If yours is 26, then its 13 days. If yours is 24, then its 12 days. Just yours mentrual cycle divided by 2.

If you have headache without a cause, check back to when your period started. You can drink both malt and peak milk….don’t run to the pharmacist always on issues that can be naturally handled, because drugs are not always good on girls. Or you can take only paracetamol.

MEN, read and educate your wives and sisters, most don’t know this. Thank you.

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Female doctor died of lassa fever month after starting her residency in Abia

Not up to a month after she started working as the female resident doctor in the pediatrics department of the Federal Medical Center FMC Umuahia Abia state, Dr. Ndukwu Chizaram, has reportedly died of Lassa Fever.

The Doctor who died at Irua Specialist Hospital in Esan Central Edo state over the weekend, according to her colleagues, had earlier attended to an 11-month old baby who had Lassa fever. The Nigerian doctor who was admitted in a Private ward at FMC Umuahia between March 29 and 30, before she was rushed to Irua Specialist Hospital, died on Saturday.

Innocent Orji, President of the association of resident doctors (ARD) in the state, said while addressing health workers in the hospital;

“Distinguished colleagues, we have an ongoing disaster in our hands. One of our members just died of Lassa fever at Irua specialist hospital.

“For now, anybody that worked in children emergency on 12th and 13th of this month, and in Slessor private ward on 29th and 30th should reach me immediately.

“The management has been informed and is already doing something. It is really a difficult time for all of us. But our priority now is to work with management to prevent further deaths. Contact tracing and risk stratification are currently underway. The response team of the hospital has been deployed.

“Make no mistake about this, what we have on our hands is a very big crisis and we sincerely hope that all hands will be on deck to see to the resolution of this crisis.”

From 1 January through 25 February 2018, 1081 suspected cases of Lassa Fever and 90 deaths have been reported from 18 states (Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekite, Federal Capital Territory, Gombe, Imo, Kogi, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, Rivers, and Taraba). During this period, 317 cases have been classified as confirmed and eight as probable, including 72 deaths (case fatality rate for confirmed and probable cases = 22%). A total of 2845 contacts have been identified in 18 states.

Fourteen health care workers have been affected in six states (Benue, Ebonyi, Edo, Kogi, Nasarawa, and Ondo), with four deaths (case fatality rate= 29%). As of 18 February, four out of the 14 health care workers were confirmed positive for Lassa fever.