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Lagos Doctors Suspend Sit-At-Home Protest

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Lagos has suspended its sit-at-home protest order of its members.

The medical body on Wednesday had issued a statement directing all its members to stop working from 6pm due to  incessant harassment of  its doctors and other health workers by security agents in Lagos

But in a statement on Thursday, the NMA said the state government and the police have assured the association that such harassment would no longer happen.

“The Nigerian police force has reached out to the Association to clarify and give assurance of cooperation with all health-workers,” the NMA said.

“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 worker 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.”

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