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The Joint Health Sector Unions and the Assembly of Healthcare Professionals have called on the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to look into the demands relating to the welfare of its members in the state public service.

The Acting National Secretary, Matthew Ajurotu, in a letter signed for the National Chairman, Josiah Biobelemoye, and addressed to the governor, noted that a possible breakdown of health services in Lagos State was imminent if the demands were not met.

He said the union had deliberately engaged the state government with a lot of decorum to enable it deliver people-oriented programmes in public interest, but the latter did not reciprocate the gesture.

“The JOHESU/AHPA once again gives the LASG another opportunity to negotiate the demands of its members which we shall review in early February, 2023, to decide whether the National Secretariat of JOHESU/AHPA directly takes over.

“We, therefore, strongly urge Your Excellency to do the needful now to stall a possible breakdown of health services in Lagos State,” he stated.

According to the scribe, the governor did not acknowledge, respond or expedite action on its pleas to address the anomalies associated with the conditions of service of its members in the Pharmacy and Medical Laboratory service professions which were conveyed twice in 2022.

He said the demands include: full implementation of the Consultant Cadre status through the issuance of an enabling circular for eligible Fellows of the West African Post-graduate College of Pharmacists and the release of a circular on the Directorate of Medical Laboratory Services for Lagos State Government personnel.

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