The Nigerian Medical Association(NMA) in Lagos State has suspended its “sit-at-home” order issued to its members on Wednesday.
The suspension of the action came barely 24 hours after the association asked its members to embark on an indefinite “sit-at-home” over alleged harassment by security agents in the state.
It recalled a situation where an ambulance carrying a patient was prevented from moving to its destination while the attending health workers were harassed and temporarily detained.
In a release signed by its Chairman, Dr Saliu Oseni, on Thursday, NMA said it has got assurances from the state government and top hierarchy of the Nigeria Police Force that doctors will no longer be harassed or intimidated.
The statement read in part: “The Nigeria Police Force has reached out to the association to clarify and give assurance of cooperation with all health-workers.
“The association has further received assurances from Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the top hierarchy of the Police that no health workers will be further harassed in the course of their lawful efforts to sustain services in the middle of the pandemic.
“That the association will continue to monitor the situation and will not hesitate to take any action to protect the safety of our hardworking members.”