Lagos Doctors To Begin Warning Strike Monday

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Lagos State Doctors are set to begin a three-day warning strike from today over issues that affect their safety and welfare amidst Covid 19 Pandemic.

The doctors, under the auspices of Medical Guild, at a Press conference said the strike was necessary after the emergency congress of the guild on June 27, which resolved that the previous 21 days ultimatum given to the state government be extended by a further two weeks.

Chairman of the guild, Dr. Oluwajimi Sodipo said some of the unresolved demands are the wage disparity between the Federal and the Lagos State doctors.

Other demands include “that the issue of COVID-19 hazard allowances and inducement allowances Memorandum of Understanding approved by the Federal Government to her doctors has not been approved by the state government to her doctors.

“That 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 welfare.

“That the issue our members being infected and re-infected daily are not getting required attention from the government. 

“The issue of shortage of doctors in the health facilities are yet to be resolved and with no visible substantive action taken by the government to resolve the issue.”

Sodipo, however, said the representative council resolved to activate the resolution of the Congress on a three-day warning strike to commence from Monday, July 13 at 8 am till Thursday, July 16, with the exemption of members working in the COVID-19 isolation centres.

Also speaking, Secretary of the Guild, Dr. Ismail Ajibowo said “we did everything to ensure that we don’t get to this stage but the government didn’t do their part. 

“We are representatives of the people and the decision to embark on the strike was taken by the congress and we gave the government time to avert it and we hope the issues on the ground will be resolved soon.

On the shortage of doctors, Sodipo said there had brain drain making doctors in the state and wage disparity has played a critical role on it.

“The government informed us that they want to commence employment of health workers including doctors but if we don’t solve the challenges that make people want to leave, then the issue will always remain. 

“Steps must be taken to get the best and ensure that they stay to continue working.”

An ex-officio of the guild, Dr. Babajide Kehinde Saheed said: “the government had the opportunity to avert the warning strike if they had made efforts to do the needful.” 

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