Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita

The Federal Government has said Nigeria loses $2 billion in foreign exchange yearly to industrial actions and rivalry in the health sector. According to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoS), Winifred Oyo-Ita, who spoke yesterday at 54th Annual Scientific Conference and Workshop of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) in Jos, trade disputes were impacting negatively on the public service and service delivery.

Represented by the Director (Special Services) in her office, James Olusoji, she noted that dialogue remains the most viable option in the resolution of misunderstandings.

The HoS regretted that the lack of teamwork and rivalry among medical doctors, pharmacists and other allied workers were unhelpful to the fortunes of the industry.She told the gathering with the theme, Local Vaccine Formulation And Production In Nigeria: Challenges, Threats And Opportunities, that government had directed the chief executives to fully implement all approved schemes and circulars affecting the career progression and conditions of service of medical laboratory scientists and their establishments.

The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, who the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), Prof. Edmund Banwat stood in for, said the $2 billion yearly loss was due to lack of confidence in the health sector.

He pointed out that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration prioritises the people’s health as well as their fundamental human rights.In his remarks, the national president of AMLSN, Dr. Bassey Enya Bassey, urged government to properly regulate healthcare practices to check quackery and unethical behaviours.

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