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Health workers under the Joint Action Congress, Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Lokoja, Friday suspended their two months’ strike action.

This suspension of the strike was contained in a press statement by the JAC, FMC, Lokoja after a meeting with hospital management. The JAC said that it suspended the strike after the show of commitment by the hospital management to guaranteeing and ensuring the safety of lives and property of the workers, among other demands.

The statement reads “this decision is premised on the compliance to our request to guarantee safety of lives and property among other things that were threatened as a result of attack by unknown hoodlums on the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja and her staff dated 1st of July, 2020.”

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It further disclosed that the tertiary health institution will resume full services from Wednesday, 23rd September, 2020.

“We have decided to resume full services on the 23rd of September 2020.”

The statement was jointly signed by the various unions and professional associations. These associations also thanked the Minister of Health, Kogi State Government, State House of Assembly, FMC Lokoja Board and security agencies for their intervention, and people of the state for their understanding.

Medical doctors and other health professionals of the facility had on July 1, 2020, embarked on an industrial action after the hospital was invaded by hoodlums.

The Kogi State House of Assembly had called for the immediate reopening of the healthcare center. This closure the House noted was not in the best interest of people in the State. 

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