Tuesday, 22 December 2015

JOHESU Faults Temporary Closure Of FMC Owerri

The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) over the weekend condemned the closure of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri by the minister of health, Prof. Isaac Adewole.

The union in a statement signed by JOHESU chairman, comrade Biobelemoye Joy Josiah, the vice chairman, Dr. Ogbonna Obinna and the secretary Florence Ekpebor also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the crisis rocking the FMC, Owerri.

It stated that the decision to temporarily shutdown the medical centre by the minister came as a surprise to the entire labour leaders and stakeholders in the health sector.

The unions said the closure of the FMC was not among the options arrived at in a meeting held at the centre in Owerri on December 4, which has in attendance the minister himself, members of House of Representatives and the union leaders who all travelled down to Owerri for the crucial meeting.

The JOHESU leaders explained that after a long deliberation on how to resolve the problem, the minister and came up with two options, which include a decision that the Medical Director and her Top Management Committee (TMC) should be given a second chance and allow to stay in office, while the situation would be assessed within three months.

The union said surprisingly, the minister “discarded the peoples’ decision, and opted for the closure of the hospital, which was not an option placed before the house.”


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