Crisis looms as Edo health workers protest over new pay structure

Crisis looms in the health sector of Edo State as primary healthcare assistants yesterday protested over alleged exclusion from the new Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) and Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) for their contemporaries at the local government, accusing the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) and the Local Government Service Commission for the development.

However, efforts to reach state chairman of ALGON, Mrs. Itohan Osahon-Ogbeide, were futile as calls placed to her phone were unanswered as at press time yesterday.

But addressing journalists yesterday under the aegis of Health Assistants and Attendants Association of Nigeria, the workers said they had been denied hazard allowance under a “mischievous guise” that they are not professionals and therefore should not be paid the perk.

A member told The Guardian that “few days ago, I assisted a doctor in conducting a caesarean operation and my hand gloves got torn unknown to me. Only for us to discover that the patient is HIV positive, yet these people say we should not be entitled to hazard allowance and other payments as provided by CONMESS and CONHESS. They do not even provide basic needs for our work. We buy our hand gloves ourselves and some other work tools,” he lamented.

President of the association, Ogbeide Osagie in a press briefing alleged that the leadership of the local government councils was brandishing a purported letter from the state government where they were allegedly excluded from the CONMESS and CONHESS.

This story was published in Newswatch Times on September 24, 2015.


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