Lagos State doctors are about to go on strike over matters regarding their safety and well-being.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Medical Guild, which is the Association of Medical Doctors under the employment of Lagos State Government has agreed to commence a three days warning strike from Monday.
The Chairman of the Guild, Oluwajimi Sodipo made this known at a press briefing on Sunday in Lagos, he confirmed the strike will run from 13 July to 16 July. He further said members working in the state’s COVID-19 isolation centres were exempted from the strike.
A two weeks’ ultimatum was initially given to the state government to meet up with 70 percent of the Doctors’ demands so as to avoid the strike. The council following a meeting on 11 July observed their demands are yet to be resolved by the government.
The wage gap between Federal and Lagos State doctors is not given the needed attention and a shortage of doctors in health facilities were some of the unresolved issues.
Mr. Sodipo said “The issue of COVID-19 hazard allowances and inducement allowances Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) approved by the Federal Government to the doctors has not been approved by Lagos Government to her doctors.
“Doctors working in COVID-19 isolation centres are still being owed two months’ salaries which remained unpaid at the moment.
“They are also being unceremoniously disengaged without recourse to their welfares”
“Our members are putting themselves on the line daily to provide care and we need to do everything to protect our colleagues.”
The regular infection and reinfection of health workers is said to be taken with levity by the government.
He also endorsed the provision of sufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), rapid testing of healthcare workers and insurance be made accessible.
The Guild’s leader also said “The congress will convene after the three days warning strike to review the progress made and plan to further actions.
“We call on the Lagos State Government to do all within its power to resolve the impasse”
Babajide Saheed, the Guild’s ex-chairman added that the strike could still be averted within 24 hours if the government meet their demands.