The Lagos State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has reversed its stay-at-home order which it imposed from 6 pm on Wednesday (May 20, 2020).
In a statement issued on Thursday and signed by the Chairman, Dr. Saliu Oseni, and the Secretary of the association, Dr. Moronkola Ramon, the NMA stated that the association decided to reverse the order following the assurance of the of the safety of Doctors and health workers by Nigerian Police Force and the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu .
The NMA called on all members to return to their duty post and assured that no one will be harassed henceforth.
The statement reads in part:
“The leadership of the Association has followed the turn of events while monitoring the situation. The Nigerian police force has reached out to the Association to clarify and give assurance of cooperation with all health-workers. This, they have also done in the media. The executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu was exemplary as his timely intervention from the late hours of May 19th helped prevent worsening of the situation.”
“The association has further received assurances from Mr. Governor 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.”
The NMA further revealed that the reversal of the stay-at-home directive was also in the interest of the people of Lagos State who would be need in of medical attention.
The Nigerian Medical association Lagos had given a stay at home order to her members following the continued harassment by the officers and men of the Nigerian police force and conflicting order that restricts the movement of essential workers amid the COVID-19 lockdown.
According to the medical association, the decision was a necessary doctrine of self-preservation as it was unbearable to combine the continued threat to life from the officers and men of the police force with the existing daily threat of COVID 19.