Doctors call off warning strike in Lagos

Activities resumed fully on Saturday at the general hospitals and the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) as doctors called off a three-day warning strike in Lagos.

A correspondent of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who visited some hospitals, including the Surulere General Hospital, Igando General Hospital and LASUTH, reports that doctors have been attending to patients.

Some members of the Medical Guild who spoke with NAN, said that work resumed at 8 a.m. and that doctors were fully available to attend to patients.

The chairman of the guild, Olumuyiwa Odusote, who confirmed the resumption, said that the suspension of the strike was to give the government time to resolve issues.

“We appeal to residents in Lagos to prevail on the government to do what is right in order to prevent another indefinite strike.

“Our demands are minimal; and we are only asking the government to rise up to what other states have been paying, even though we know that the state’s doctors deserve more than the federal,” he said.

Also commenting, Oluwajimi Shodipo, the Secretary of the Association of Resident Doctors, LASUTH, said:

“We are hoping that the aim of the strike which is to draw the attention of the government will yield good result.

“We pray that the government takes a positive decision to go back to the negotiating table and solve the problem so that residents of Lagos do not suffer. ’’

He urged the people to understand that the strike affected everyone, including the doctors, who also had relations and friends as patients.

“I appeal to the people to put more pressure on the government so that the issues will be resolved,’’ he said.

In his remark, Ibrahim Ogunbi, a senior medical officer at Surulere General Hospital, said: “Doctors are passionate, kind and caring about their patients, but the government needs to live up to its responsibility.”

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