Following the agreement with the Nigerian Police force, and the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Lagos state doctors have decided to call off it sit-at-home order, assuring Lagosians that they would commence work immediately.
Recall that the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, had yesterday directed Doctors to stop coming to work following alleged assaults, embarrassment, harassment and arrest reported by some of the health workers.
Based on that, NMA ordered doctors to sit-at-home in order to avoid further harassment. But today, Thursday, Police have made a U-turn in its actions, assuring doctors that it would never harass them again
Disclosing this in a statement, the Chairman, Dr Saliu Oseni and the Secretary, Dr Ramon Moronkola, said; “The Nigerian police force has reached out to the Association to clarify and give assurance of cooperation with all health-workers.
“The association has further received assurances from Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the top hierarchy of the Police that no health workers will be further harassed in the course of their lawful efforts to sustain services in the middle of the pandemic.
“Above all, the passionate appeal from the good people of Lagos State is difficult to resist considering the fact that they will be most hit by the situation.
“Following a holistic consideration of the above development, the Association hereby resolves that the sit-at-home order issued on the 19th of May is hereby reversed and our members are hereby directed to resume work from 6 pm today – 21st of May 2020 (this affects those on call duty).
“That the Lagos state government should ensure clarity at all times, on the exempted status of healthcare and other essential workers for the entire period of the ongoing lockdown/restriction of movement.
“That the Association will continue to monitor the situation and will not hesitate to take any action to protect the safety of our hardworking members.”