Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has threatened to sack doctors who embark on the planned strike in the state.
In a statement by Muyiwa Adekeye, his Special Adviser on Media, El-Rufai said health workers willing to do their jobs must sign registers at their duty posts.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
El-Rufai said the government would not be misled into granting health workers a special status among other public servants.
“The consequences of concessions made along such lines by previous governments have created a sense that some public servants are more precious than others,” he said.