A meeting between the federal government and the striking health workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) ended in a deadlock.
Mr Ogbonna said the meeting was held Thursday at the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) shortly after the union declared its strike on Thursday.
The health workers are demanding the immediate approval and implementation of the technical committee report on CONHESS adjustment by the government.
They are also demanding the immediate payment of the omission and shortfall in the COVID-19 hazard/inducement allowances of affected health workers in federal health institutions.
The union also calls for the speedy implementation of the increase in retirement age from 60 to 65 years and 70 years for consultants in the health professions.
Mr Ogbonna said majority of persons present at the meeting on Thursday were from the health ministry which led to an adjournment of the meeting.
Mr Ogbonna said going forward, the matter will be taken over by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, which will be the conciliator between the health workers and the FMoH.