The Lagos State government has again pleased with striking medical doctors to return to work, following ongoing negotiation between the two parties, in the interest of the public.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, made the appeal on Monday, as medical doctors embarked on a three-day warning strike.
At a joint meeting between the Commissioners for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi; Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs Ajibola Ponnle, and the Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, as well as all the permanent secretaries of the Ministry of Health, Establishment and Information, was held on Sunday, July 12, with the Medical Guild, Association of Resident Doctors and relevant stakeholders on the proposed warning strike.
Medical doctors in Lagos, on the platform of Medical Guild, began a three-day warning strike on Monday over wage disparity between the Federal and Lagos State doctors, COVID-19 hazard allowances and inducement allowances MOU approved by the Federal Government, non-payment of doctors working in isolation centres and disengagement of doctors in the isolation centres.
According to Omotoso, “it is pertinent to note that the state government expresses extreme disappointment that the Guild continued with their warning strike despite a series of engagements with government aimed at resolving some of the grievances raised.
“Many issues have already been resolved, while unresolved issues are still being deliberated upon.
“It is worrisome that some members of this noble profession would down tool at a time when their services are mostly required. We believe this action is insensitive and lacks empathy which our profession epitomises.”
The state government, therefore, requested the members of the Medical Guild, who embarked on a three-day warning strike Monday to return back to work.
While explaining the facts and action of the major issues raised by the Guild with respect to some issues affecting the frontline and indeed all health care personnel, Omotoso stated that Mr. Governor has been extremely supportive of health workers being mindful of the extreme sacrifices that healthcare professionals are demonstrating in the COVID-19 response.
His words: “We are currently rotating our health workers who are engaged in providing care at the isolation facilities.
“They are not being dismissed, this is wrong information. Healthcare professionals are returning to their primary posting for the following reasons: to reduce fatigue and burn out among health workers, to build capacity for treatment of COVID-19 across the health work force, to ensure that as many health workers as possible benefit from the additional allowances.”