Nigerian doctors suspend strike over demand of protective equipment to fight COVID-19 pandemic

Doctors in Nigeria have ended their three-day strike. The doctors in Nigeria’s commercial hub, Lagos went on a three-day strike over unpaid salaries and other issues of safety and welfare.

Suspending the strike, the medics have resumed their works at various hospitals in the city.

Dr. Oluwajimi Sodipo, Chairman of the Doctor’s Union, said that the strike had partly achieved the aim of drawing attention to their plight and also bringing the government to the negotiating table. He iterated the stance that the doctors on the COVID-19 frontline remained at high risk and must be provided with necessary safety and precautionary equipment.

Dr. Oluwajimi Sodipo said that the government must act at the earliest to protect the medica through the provision of adequate personal protective equipment, insurance cover and prompt testing of health workers.

The Lagos state government says it is working with the doctors to resolve the issues and ensure that efforts to contain the spread of the pandemic is not disrupted.

Lagos remains the epicentre of the pandemic in Nigeria.

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