Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has said medical doctors and other doctors threatening to start industrial action within the state risk losing their jobs, noting that his administration wouldn’t “bow to blackmail”.
In a statement on Thursday night by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, the governor said he would keep the health facilities within the state running and protect workers who are willing to work.
Responding to the strike notice served by doctors within the state, El-Rufai said it’s “criminal” to declare a strike action amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
He said his government wouldn’t be bent by the strike action into excluding doctors from the mandatory donation of 25% salary by all civil servants to fund the supply of palliatives for vulnerable people impacted by the lockdown.
He said, “The government rejects the strike threat and can regard persons who fail to point out up at their assigned places of work as having forfeited their employment. Every doctor that’s willing to work is required to sign the register at the Ministry of Health and therefore the health institutions to which they’re deployed.
The Ministry of Health has the mandate of the govt to make sure that residents of Kaduna State aren’t bereft of public health services.
“Every effort are going to be made to make sure that health facilities keep functioning, staffed by willing workers who are going to be guaranteed free and safe access to health facilities. those that aren’t willing to work are strongly warned against criminal actions like attempts to impede access to workplaces, harass willing workers or to sabotage facilities and equipment.
The government won’t be misled into granting doctors a special status amongst public servants. the results of concessions made along such lines by previous governments have created a way that some public servants are more precious than others.”