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Lagos Doctors Rescind Stay-at-home Order

The Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has rescinded the stay-at-home order it issued to its members.

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This was made known in a statement issued by the association on Thursday.

The NMA – which represents doctors – had directed its members on Wednesday to proceed on an indefinite strike following alleged harassment of medical professionals by members of the Nigeria Police Force and other security enforcing the 8pm-6am curfew imposed nationwide by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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The association claimed that the curfew, imposed as part of measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), was not properly implemented in exempting doctors – who are regarded as essential staff – from security checks.

However, the NMA in a swift turnaround on Thursday said the strike action “is hereby reversed and our members are hereby directed to resume work from 6 p.m. today”.

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It stated that had received assurances that doctors would be exempt from the curfew and would be allowed to move freely.

 

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