By Victor Graham
The Bayelsa State Chapter of Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) has suspended their two weeks old strike.
Chairman of MHWUN, Mr. Barnabas Simon, said that they took the decision to suspend the industrial action after a meeting of the State Executives in Yenagoa.
He said the decision to suspend the strike is sequel to the approval of the implementation of primary health care workers promotion arrears with effect from March salary.
According to him, in suspending the action, the union also considered the very essential nature of health services provided by the primary health care workers across the eight LGAs of the state.
Mr. Simon said the union equally took into consideration the health needs of people of Bayelsa who benefit from the services rendered at Primary Healthcare Centres, and decided to return to work and give the state government benefit of the doubt.
He informed that the union had directed all its members to resume work at their various duty posts beginning from 26th of February, 2021 adding that normalcy would be fully restored by Monday March 1.
The MHWUN boss appreciated the state government for the approval of implementation of the primary health care workers promotion, and urged the government to meet other outstanding demands between now and the next three months.
The strike which commenced on February 12, 2021 had shut down health services at Primary Health Centres across the state where pregnant women and nursing mothers in the rural areas often relied on for antenatal and child immunisation services.