Gbenga Omotosho, Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, has appealed to striking doctors in the state to return to work.
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Omotosho said the controversy that led to the sit-at-home industrial action had been resolved before the doctors embarked on strike.
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.
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“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 Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Lagos branch, on Wednesday, directed its members to embark on an indefinite sit-at-home strike, over alleged harassment and intimidation of medical workers by security agents in the state.
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The NMA gave the directive in a statement signed by its chairman, Saliu Oseni, and secretary, Ramon Moronkola, adding that the directive should take effect from 6.00pm.
The Lagos NMA accused police officers in the state of acting contrary to the directives of the federal government on lockdown order, noting that their members are unsafe.
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“As a direct result of the conflicting directives of the government and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, the Lagos State branch of Nigerian Medical Association was inundated yesterday (Tuesday) evening of several cases of harassment 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.
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“You are hereby advised to proceed on a sit-at-home, in your best interest, starting from 6pm today, Wednesday, 20th May, 2020 indefinitely, until otherwise advised,” the statement said.
Lagos has recorded almost half of the total number of coronavirus cases in the country, with 2,954 infections, out of 6,677.