Following the assurances of the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo Olu and the Nigeria Police force to resolve the conflicting restriction of movement order, the state branch of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) on Thursday reversed the sit-at-home directive it issued to members of the association on Wednesday.
According to a statement issued by the Chairman, Saliu Oseni, and the Secretary of the association, said both the governor and the police assured health workers of their safety.
The statement reads “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 assured her members that no one will be harassed in the line of discharging their primary and lawful duties.
“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”.
Recall that the health workers leaders had had on Wednesday, asked the state government to issue a written statement, signed by the state government and the appropriate police authorities, with clear terms on the status of essential services, including healthcare services and its providers.