The Federal Government on Tuesday appealed to striking Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) members to resume work as negotiation was ongoing, as the strike is having a negative toll on Patient.
Dr Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of State for Health, at the induction of foreign trained medical laboratory scientists in Abuja by the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSC).
Dr Shuaibu Belgare, Senior Technical Assistant to the minister, who represented the Minister condemned the strike which had disrupted normal services in federal public hospitals.
The minister said all major stakeholders in the healthcare sector should be concerned with the ethics of their professions.
The Minister decried the disharmony in the health sector, noting that nobody is considering the plight of patients.
“We are all looking for what we can get; nobody is thinking about the patients, which is the primary purpose of being in the workforce.
“As I speak, JOHESU is on strike; hospitals are not providing services.
“Please go back to work to salvage the situation while negotiation is going on; government will do everything possible to meet your demands,” he said.
While congratulating the inductees for their success, Ehanire described laboratory scientists as extremely important in healthcare delivery.
NAN reports that Ehanire identified part of the qualification that must be possessed by the scientists as attaching great value to services they rendered, having compassion for patients been the primary purpose of service, among others.
Responding on behalf of his colleagues, Mr Ahmad Bakore commended the council for the inductions and called for the support of their superiors to achieve the desired success in their practices.
He said: “We can do nothing without our superiors supporting us or beckoning on us when we are going astray.”
Bakore pledged to uphold the ethics of the profession.