The Lagos State chapter of Nigeria Medical Association [NMA] has reversed the stay-at-home resolution it reached late Wednesday.
NMA Lagos had issued a communiqué addressed to all members titled “The continued conflicting directives of government and law-enforcement agents on the status of essential workers, including doctors and other health-workers and the attendant incessant harassment of doctors and health workers in Lagos”.
The communiqué 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, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, the Lagos State branch of Nigerian medical Association (NMA) was inundated yesterday (Tuesday, 19th of May, 2020) evening of several cases of harassments and intimidation of doctors and other HWs 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.”
In a latest development, ElombahNews gathered that NMA has reversed the sit-at-home order.
Details of the latest directive is yet to be made public.