COVID-19 lockdown: I can’t force doctors to work - NCDC boss

COVID-19 lockdown: I can’t force doctors to work - NCDC boss

- NCDC director-general, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, recently made a statement concerning the stay-at-home order imposed on NMA members in Lagos

- Ihekweazu during an appearance on Channels Television said he can't force doctors to work as they have to want to

- The NCDC boss said the society has to treat doctors with respect, love, and appreciate them for the hard work

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) director-general, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said that he can't force doctors to work as they have to want to.

Ihekweazu disclosed this during an appearance on Channels Television on Thursday, May 21, while responding to questions on the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Lagos state imposing a stay-at-home order on its members.

The association had ordered its members to observe an indefinite stay-at-home order following the alleged harassment from security operatives in the state amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

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The NCDC boss during the interview on Sunrise Daily, said everyone is needed on the table, adding that there is no easy solution.

I Can’t force doctors to work - NCDC DG

The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu
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He said for doctors to want to work the society has to treat them with respect, love, and appreciation for the hard work they are doing.

While noting that there are no easy solutions, Ihekweazu added that knowing Nigerians it is hard for law enforcement officers to actually differentiate the actual essential workers from the nonessential workers looking to break the curfew.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Lagos state chapter of the 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.

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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.

Similarly, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has 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.

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