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Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC)

UFOMBA UZUEGBU, Asst News Editor

It was a gathering of dignitaries from all walks of life, especially those from the labour and civil society groups.
They had converged on Sasun Hotel, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Thursday, July 21, to celebrate one of their own, a cerebral trade unionist and astute labour leader, Comrade Hyginus Chika Onuegbu, who bowed out as Chairman of Rivers State Council of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) after serving two terms.  

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 Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) on Friday gave the Federal Government ultimatum to convene a meeting with the leadership of labour on or before Wednesday, May 18, to discuss the recent increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol,     to avoid nationwide strike.

TRADE Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC)   has called on the three tiers of government and other health professionals to put their acts together and redouble their efforts to ensure that emerging and re-emerging infections and diseases that have claimed many lives in the recent past are drastically curbed.
The Congress said in a statement made available to news men in Lagos yesterday, that there was dire need for  Specialised Laboratories for research and diagnosis on viral haemorrhagic fevers in each geo-political zones to enable  relevant government agencies to nip in the bud,  the  life threatening diseases before they go viral.
The statement signed Comrade  Bobboi Bala Kaigama and (Barr.) Musa Lawal, TUC’s President and Secretary-General, respectively, said : “A Case in point happened in Lagos, where  an infected patient who came on a visit from another state was detected.
“Also, the current position and numbers of Confirmatory Centres for Lassa fall short of National Public Health Act, which emphasis on Universal Health Coverage.
“ It is important the authority realises that the issue of health should not be taken for granted. In some nations of the world three things are very critical:  health, shelter and clothing. These are modules we should emulate to complement the change mantra.
“It is imperative that the issue of training and re-training of health personnels in specialised areas towards averting these persistent health challenges be seriously considered.
“It is unheard of that some health workers in a particular state ran away when someone got infected. In the past Health workers will stake out their lives to save a patient unlike what we have today.
“Probably because they know that there is no insurance cover nor special incentives should they lose their lives in the course of doing their job.”
Continuing, the statement further said ; “If the recent report on medical tourism as said by the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, is anything to go by, it just does not make any sense  that over $1bn is being spent by Nigerians on medical tourism abroad annually for illnesses that our tertiary hospitals can handle.
“This administration of President Muhammadu Buhari , must discourage the practice. Government has to make health care delivery available to majority of Nigerians.
“While we acknowledge that all sectors of the economy are very critical it should be taken into cognisance that one needs to be alive and well to be able to undertake other responsibilities. It is time to be proactive not reactive.”

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