- The sit-at-home order from the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Lagos state branch to its members has been called off
- The NMA reversed the order following the intervention of Governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state and top police officials
- The association had directed its member to embark on a stay-at-home strike from 6 pm on Wednesday, May 20
A report by Channels TV indicates that the Lagos state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Thursday, May 21, reversed the order asking its members to embark on an indefinite ‘sit-at-home’ directive.
In a statement jointly signed by the chairman, Dr. Saliu Oseni, and secretary, Dr. Ramon Moronkola, the association directed their members to go back to work from 6 pm on Thursday.
The NMA opening up on its decision to reverse the order explained that it was due to the intervention of the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the Nigerian police.
The medical body went on to assure members of the association that they will no longer be harassed in the course of performing their duties amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Recall that the NMA leadership had ordered its members to embark on a sit-at-home strike starting from Wednesday, May 20. The directive, which was to take effect from 6 pm on Wednesday came from the chapter's chairman.
Oseni noted 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.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, urged all essential workers in the country not to take undue advantage of their positions and privileges to violate the movement restrictions put in place to contain Covid-19 spread.
Adamu said the Nigeria police is not oblivious of the sensitive and important role of the essential workers particularly as it relates to efforts to curtail and contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is contained in a statement made available to Legit.ng by police spokesperson DCP Frank Mba on Wednesday, May 20.
In other news, the Lagos state Ministry of Health has on Wednesday, May 20, announced the recovery and discharge of 17 coronavirus patients. According to the government, the patients after testing negative twice consecutively.
The government through its verified Twitter handle announced the discharge of six females and 11 males. The latest discharge brings the total number of recoveries from the virus in the state to 649.
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