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Doctors are being harassed in Lagos. Now they have gone on strike

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Doctors are being harassed in Lagos. Now they have gone on strike

Doctors will stay home and not resume for duty in Lagos from today, the 20th of May, in protest of harassment by security agents in the state, per the announcement of the state’s chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association.

What they are saying: The Chairman of the Lagos NMA, Saliu Oseni, who announced the decision said it was in reaction to complaints from its members across the state of several cases of harassment and intimidation.

  • He claims even ambulances moving patients in emergency situations were impounded.
  • The sit-at-home order, starting today, will remain indefinitely.

Why it matters: This is the worst possible time for doctors to embark on strike. Lagos has the highest confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country with 2755, according to the NCDC.

  • Prior to the outbreak of the viral disease, Lagos has struggled with the shortage of doctors. Chairman of the Medical Guild, Dr. Oluwajimi Sodipo, criticized the state’s replacement efforts for departing doctors and the poor patient-to-doctor ratio in January.

What to watch: How quickly the Lagos state government and the Presidential Task Force for COVID-19 will address the complaints of the doctors and get them back to work.

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Peter Adeshina is a journalist who reports politics, policy and governance.

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