The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) has debunked the rumor that its members were involved in an auto crash over the weekend in Benin City.
According to a statement signed by its National Secretary, Mrs Florence Ekpebor, the union said the speculations that some of its members were involved in a road accident were false and mischievous.
The statement further described the rumour as propaganda that disrespects the sanctity of man.
“We want to draw the attention of our members across the country that no JOHESU member was involved in the road traffic accident that occurred in Benin, Edo State.
“However, our hearts go to the victims of the road crash as we join in wishing them a quick recovery.
“We also advise NMA to respect life by desisting from propaganda that disrespects the sanctity of man, for the purposes of recruiting public sympathy especially through falsehood and rumours,” it said.
Also, the union said it was not unaware of the alleged court order requesting the union to stop the on-going nationwide strike action and return to work.
“JOHESU leadership feels and empathises with members of the public on the pains they are going through.
“However, we want to inform the general public that if it is true that there is court order to stop the strike, we are not aware neither has JOHESU been served with any court processes or order to stop the on-going nationwide strike.
“This is just a figment of the imagination of mischief makers, busy bodies and interlopers.
“Members of JOHESU do not live in the moon; they are Nigerians who have a sacred duty to provide health services to the sick and the wounded.
“Therefore, they also have mothers, fathers, friends, sons, daughters, cousins, among others, who require medical services at this point in time, but the ugly situation brought about by the insensitivity of the Ministry of Health for fairness in the health sector has brought us to this ugly situation,’’ the statement read in part.
JOHESU therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the Ministers of Labour and Health to do the needful by bringing these unwanted circumstances to an end through the implementation of signed agreements and MoU between the Federal Government and the union.
“The leadership of JOHESU therefore insists that no amount of intimidation, arm-twisting and harassment will cow us from pursuing our constitutional and fundamental rights to protest and strike.
“Therefore, our members across the federation have been advised to stand firm and fight for the good of our country.
“The Ministry of Health should be reminded that all over the world no mistreated worker can put in his best,” it stated.