The Nigerian Medical Association has called off its “sit-at-home” order in Lagos State, after getting assurance from Lagos government and Top Hierarchy of Nigerian police force that doctors will no longer be harassed.
The resolution to suspension its sit at home order is coming 24 hours after the association issued a directive to its members to sit at home indefinitely following alleged harassment by security agencies in the state.
According to a release by the association on Thursday, the indefinite sit at home order was called off after Nigerian Police reached out to the association to clarify things and assure the association of cooperation and safety of its members.
According to NMA, it has got assurances from the state government and top hierarchy of the Nigeria Police Force that doctors will no longer be harassed or intimidated.
The statement read in part: “The Nigerian police force has reached out to the Association to clarify and give assurance of cooperation with all health-workers.
“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 workers 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.”