COVID-19 allowance: Lagos doctors embark on three days strike

Doctor and her testing kits
Tochi Juliet

Medical doctors in Lagos have declared a three- day warning strike over the state government's failure to meet their demands.

The strike is to commence on 8 am Monday and ends on Thursday 16th, 2020

In a statement to announce the development Sunday, the Chairman of the Guild, Dr. Oluwajimi Sodipo, said some of the unresolved demands included the wage disparity between the federal and the Lagos State doctors.

"Issue of COVID-19 hazard allowances and inducement allowances approved by the federal government has not been approved by the state government to her doctors.

That doctors working in COVID-19 isolation centers are still being owed two months' salaries, which remained unpaid at the moment. They are also 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."

The group said doctors in the isolation Centres were exempted from the strike.

Further explaining the rationale behind the strike, Sodipo said: "if the state government had met 70 per cent of their demands within the period their ultimatum lasted and the two weeks extension, the strike would have been averted.

The 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: "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."

It could be recalled that the doctors had early served a 21 -day ultimatum to the state government and later extended it by two weeks during which the doctors and the officials of government met but failed to agree.

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