Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna State, has threatened to sack doctors and other health workers who dare to embark on strike.
He said his administration would not succumb to any blackmail by the doctors.
In a statement that was signed on Thursday night by El-Rufai’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, said he would keep the health facilities in the state running and protect workers who were willing to work.
According to the Governor said, the doctors didn’t even bother with the situation of COVID-19 pandemic that is dealing with people, but rather they choose to embark on strike.
His statement read; “The government rejects the strike threat and will regard persons who fail to show up at their assigned places of work as having forfeited their employment. Every health worker that is willing to work is required to sign the register at the Ministry of Health and the health institutions to which they are deployed.
“The Ministry of Health has the mandate of the government to ensure that residents of Kaduna State are not deprived of public health services.
“Every effort will be made to ensure that health facilities keep functioning, staffed by willing workers who will be guaranteed free and safe access to health facilities. Those who are not willing to work are strongly warned against criminal actions such as attempts to impede access to workplaces, harass willing workers or to sabotage facilities and equipment”.