Nigerian Medical Association in Lagos State directs doctors to stay at home

The Nigerian Medical Association in Lagos State has asked its members to embark on an indefinite “sit- at – home ” industrial action over alleged harassment and intimidation by security agents in the state .

The NMA gave the “stay – at -home directive ” in a statement signed by its Chairman , Dr Saliu Oseni, and Secretary, Dr Ramon Moronkola , on Wednesday.

According to the statement , the directive takes effect from 6 . 00 pm .

The doctors accused police officers in Lagos of acting contrary to the directives of the Federal Government on lockdown order , noting that their members are unsafe.

The statement read, “ We have observed that despite the directives of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria , President Muhamadu Buhari , through the Presidential Taskforce on COVID 19 , which was clear on the exemption of essential workers including doctors and other health workers from the ongoing lockdown /movement restrictions, (but ) the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State , Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, has been issuing conflicting directives on social and mainstream media to the effect that essential workers , including doctors and other health – workers are NOT exempted .

“ As a direct result of the conflicting directives of the government and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police , the Lagos State branch of Nigerian Medical Association was inundated yesterday (Tuesday) evening of several cases of harassments and intimidation of doctors and other health – workers by officers and men of the Lagos State Police command to the extent that even Ambulances carrying patients with emergency cases were impounded.

This has become a recurrent issue.

“ The Lagos State Branch of the NMA has resolved that it is presently unsafe for members to continue to provide healthcare services under the present confused arrangement .

“ You are hereby advised to proceed on a sit- at – home , in your best interest , starting from 6 pm today , Wednesday , 20th May , 2020 indefinitely , until otherwise advised . ”

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