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Abia health workers resume work

Workers in public hospitals in Abia State have suspended their almost four-month strike and resumed work on Monday.
This followed an agreement between the State Government and the state branch of the Medical and Health Workers Union (MAWUN) at the weekend.
The workers had gone on strike under the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESUN) in November, last year, claiming that government failed to implement an agreement with the union, bordering on their welfare, among other issues.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Times in Umuahia on Monday, state Chairman of MAWUN, Comrade Uche Obigwe, explained that the suspension was only temporary. “We have only suspended the strike for a period of one month to give the government time to look into our grievances as it promised to do”.
He disclosed that at the meeting, a five-man committee was set up to broker peace between the two parties. Also in attendance was the JOHESUN state chairman, Comrade C.N. Nwaneri.
Patients at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia and General Hospital, Amachara, expressed joy at the restoration of full medical services and urged both parties to reach a compromise soon to ensure uninterrupted services this year.
Efforts to reach the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Okechukwu Ogar, failed as he was said to be away on an official assignment.

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