BREAKING: Lagos NMA calls off indefinite sit-at-home

The Lagos state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called off its indefinite sit-at-home.

Chairman of the association, Dr. Saliu Oseni, made this known on Thursday morning. He said the decision to call off the sit-at-home order was reached after several meetings with the state government and the state Police Command.

It was widely reported that the NMA had ordered its members, in a statement on Wednesday, to stay at home over constant harassment of Health workers in the state by the police.

The statement read, “We have observed that despite the directives of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhamadu Buhari, through the Presidential Taskforce on COVID 19, which was clear on the exemption of essential workers including doctors and other health workers from the ongoing lockdown/movement restrictions, (but) the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, has been issuing conflicting directives on social and mainstream media to the effect that essential workers, including doctors and other health workers, are NOT exempted.

“As a direct result of the conflicting directives of the government and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, the Lagos State branch of Nigerian Medical Association was inundated yesterday (Tuesday) evening of several cases of harassments 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.

“The Lagos State Branch of the NMA has resolved that it is presently unsafe for members to continue to provide healthcare services under the present confused arrangement.

“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.”

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