Following the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Enahire’s comments at Thursday’s National Assembly hearing, where he said he was not aware that doctors and nurses or any other medical professional, fighting to contain the Coronavirus, received hazard allowances, Nursing Group Admin, an alliance of progressive administrators and reliable stakeholders, has called for his immediate resignation.
Switch Nigeria reported earlier today (via a video) that, the Minister had in addition to not knowing if the health workers were entitled to any hazard allowances, also said healthcare professionals were doing ‘a standard job’ handling the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
In an open letter sent to him, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; and President Muhammadu Buhari, the group expressed their sadness and total disappointment at the minister.
They opined that the health sector has for a very long time suffered from the hands of egoistic leaders, who have misplaced their priorities such as reforming the health sector.
“At this crucial period, the leadership of the Ministry of Health who should be making efforts to boost the morale of healthcare professionals as the frontline defence in this battle to eradicate COVID-19, has failed in careful encouragements to see the success of the battle.
“It is unfortunate that the minister would be insensitive on national TV to further dampen the morale of the already overwhelmed healthcare staff by saying they only check temperatures and he is not aware of the ridiculous N5,000 hazard allowance being paid to healthcare professionals,” the letter reads partly.
In addition to the immediate resignation of the minister, the nursing group has demanded that an apology letter be given to all healthcare workers across the country.
“We demand an immediate resignation of Dr Osagie Ehanire as Minister of Health.
“An apology in four national dailies to all healthcare professionals whose spirit you have dampened by your ignorance and gross lack of understanding of your responsibilities.
“That the government immediately constitute a committee to review the ridiculous N5,000 hazard allowance being paid to health workers and this report made available in two weeks.”
The group also urged the government to change the status quo of “only fielding a member of the healthcare professional as the minister, a review should be done immediately and other competent members such as nurses, pharmacists, laboratory scientists and other healthcare professionals are called upon to also serve their fatherland.”