Lagos Doctors call off sit-at-home order

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The Lagos Branch of the Nigerian Medical Association has called off its sit-at-home order over the harassment of health workers by police officers.

In a press statement signed by the Chairman, Dr Saliu Oseni and the Secretary, Dr Ramon Moronkola on Thursday, the doctors said the decision to reverse the sit-at-home order was informed by the intervention of the state government and the top hierarchy of the Nigerian police.

“The association has further received assurances from Mr Governor 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,” the statement reads.

He said, “Before it got to this level last night (Tuesday), the Lagos State Government intervened and called the top hierarchy of the police and told them the confusion we had in town and immediately the matter was resolved.

“When the NMA said it was going on strike, the commissioner for health and everybody have been on it and they have spoken to them that the police had reversed themselves and there was no need to go on strike and they agreed.”

The association had on Tuesday night asked its members to embark on an indefinite ‘sit-at-home’ over harassment and intimidation of medical workers by policemen.

Journalists and other essential workers in the state were also harassed.

The harassment followed an order by the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu implying that the 8pm to 6am curfew ordered by the Nigerian Government does not exclude essential workers as against during the total lockdown in the state.

The order was, however, rescinded by Adamu on Tuesday night following a widespread complaints and criticisms.

 

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