Coronavirus: Lagos state doctors begin indefinite strike action

Coronavirus: Lagos state doctors begin indefinite strike action

- The Lagos branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has expressed displeasure over the method of lockdown enforcement in relation to their members

- The chapter said that the different ways of implementation of the lockdown by the state government and the police is confusing

- For this reason, the body has ordered all its members to embark on an indefinite strike

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The leadership of the Lagos chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has ordered its members to embark on a sit-at-home strike starting from Wednesday, May 20.

The directive, which is to take effect from 6pm on Wednesday was given by the chapter's chairman, Saliu Oseni, PM News reports.

In a statement, Oseni said that this decision came due to the conflicting directives on the implementation of the lockdown and restriction of movement given by the state government and the police.

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Part of the statement read: “The Lagos state branch of the NMA has resolved that it is presently unsafe for its members to continue to provide healthcare services under the present confused arrangement.

“We resolve that all doctors under the auspices of the Nigerian Medical Association in Lagos to proceed on a sit-at-home starting from 6.00 p.m today, May 20, indefinitely.

“Until such time when the state government and the commissioner of police, are clear on how they wish to operationalize the lockdown/restriction of movement directive as it relates to essential service and service providers, including healthcare services and doctors.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that two medical doctors and a nurse were held hostage for some hours in Kano by Covid-19 patients, creating a mild drama amid rising figures of coronavirus cases in the state.

Aminu Mohammed, former chairman of the NMA made this known on Friday, May 8. Mohammed said the incident happened while the doctors and nurse were conducting a routine check around the ward where the patients are being managed.

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He stressed that the incident was a confirmation of the challenges being faced by health officials who need to manage hostile patients apart from treating them.

Although Tijjani Husaini, head of Kano COVID-19 technical response team, said he was not aware of the incident, Mohammed called for support for the medics facing the risk of managing the coronavirus cases.

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