The Nigerian Health care Association in Lagos has directed its members to promptly continue on an indefinite sit-at-household strike starting up from 6.00p.m on Wednesday.
The affiliation gave the directive in a joint assertion signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Dr Saliu Oseni and Dr Ramon Moronkola, respectively in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) stories that to improve compliance of the curfew, the police in Lagos on Tuesday mounted roadblocks in unique sections of Lagos by 8.00p.m.
They also allegedly arrested some individuals, like critical staff that ended up presumed to have flouted the curfew directive.
The NMA leaders mentioned that their final decision was as a outcome of the conflicting directives by the state authorities and regulation enforcement brokers on the position of important workers, which includes medical professionals and other well being staff.
The medical professionals also claimed that their action was necessitated adhering to incessant harassment of healthcare staff in Lagos by the safety agents.
“The Lagos Point out Branch of the NMA has resolved that it is presently unsafe for its members to continue to give healthcare providers less than the present perplexed arrangement.
“We resolve that all medical practitioners underneath the auspices of the Nigerian Health care Affiliation in Lagos to progress on a sit-at-dwelling commencing from 6.00p.m currently, May 20, indefinitely.
“Until these kinds of time when the condition government and the Commissioner of Law enforcement, are very clear on how they desire to operationalise the lockdown/restriction of motion directive as it relates to critical provider and provider providers, together with healthcare companies and doctors,” the NMA leaders explained.
They demanded a published statement, signed by the point out federal government and the proper law enforcement authorities, with clear phrases on the standing of essential providers, which include healthcare products and services and its providers, should really be issued.
“It should be advertised in the social and mainstream media, and a duplicate submitted to the Secretariat of the Lagos Condition Department of NMA.
“Whereas, the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari, by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, was apparent on the exemption of critical personnel which include health professionals and other health and fitness-workers from the ongoing lockdown/movement constraints.
“The Commissioner of Police in Lagos Condition, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, has been issuing conflicting directives on social and mainstream media to the impact that crucial personnel, which include medical doctors and other well being personnel are not exempted.
“As a immediate result of the conflicting directives of the federal government and the Lagos Condition Commissioner of Law enforcement, the Lagos Point out branch of Nigerian Healthcare Affiliation (NMA) was inundated yesterday evening with several situations of harassment and intimidation of medical practitioners and other overall health-staff by officers and males of the Law enforcement Command in Lagos Point out.
“The healthcare personnel had been both resuming responsibility, returning property, or on-transit to heed an unexpected emergency get in touch with.
“There was a most disturbing circumstance of an ambulance conveying an wounded affected person which was prevented from going to place, while the attending overall health personnel ended up harassed and briefly detained,” the NMA mentioned.
They recalled that related situation transpired from time to time in the early phase of the ongoing lockdown/restriction of motion based on comparable conflicting directives from the Commissioner of Law enforcement.
“It took the intervention of the Point out Governor, pursuing a petition by the association, for normalcy to be restored,” they explained.
According to them, it is presently unclear how the point out authorities and the CSP desire to operationalise the lockdown/restriction of movement directive, vis-à-vis the status of crucial staff.
NAN reports that the Federal Government experienced purchased a 8.00p.m to 6.00a.m curfew, and an interstate restriction of motion nationwide, in a bid to consist of the distribute of COVID-19.
The government, nevertheless, exempted health care staff, media, agriculture, oil and gas, between many others, as crucial personnel.
The Commissioner of Police had before announced that the new directive from the Inspector Common of Police was that every person must be at house at 8.00p.m, like essential employees.