Connect with us


Imbibe spirit of engagement, negotiation for uninterrupted healthcare delivery- Doctors



Imbibe spirit of engagement, negotiation for uninterrupted healthcare delivery- Doctors

The Medical Guild on Tuesday urged relevant ministries and agencies of Lagos State Government to imbibe spirit of engagement and negotiation to enable people of Lagos to enjoy uninterrupted healthcare services.

The Guild, however, decried the attempt by the state government to paint its members’ three days warning strike as being masterminded by few people within the guild.

Dr Oluwajimi Sodipo and Dr Ismail Ajibowo, the Chairman and Secretary of the Guild respectively,made the plea in a joint statement, while reacting to a statement by the state Ministry of Information.

It said that the Guild since its inception in 1926, had been at the forefront of innovative strides and collaborative efforts with the government on issues of health sector development and progress.

“The Guild attempted all within its powers to prevent the strike. We started by drawing the attention of the state government to the fact that more than 200 medical doctors, who are members of the Guild, have been infected with COVID-19.

“Many of them also infected their families with attendant short and long term complications. This is a testament to our desire to serve our patients and our calling.

“The Guild had also been at the forefront of advocating for priority testing for all healthcare workers and patients on admission in hospitals so as to upscale provision of safe medical services.

“These suggestions had been largely jettisoned until the declaration of strike,” they said in a statement.

On issues raised about the wages, salaries and emoluments, the Guild leaders said they were happy that the government agreed that their federal counterparts in the same state earn much more than doctors working with Lagos State Government.

“This situation has been going on for years without a definitive action from the state government to bridge the gaps.

“Apart from the fact that there are security implications of releasing remuneration of employees publicly, the Lagos State Government has maintained that they have no agreement with the COVID-19 volunteers at the isolation centres.

“Hence, the government has been paying any amount deemed fit, usually after agitations.

“The Federal Government on the other hand had earlier engaged the various medical/health associations in discussions and came up with a negotiated agreement.

“We expect the same to be done to our members in Lagos State, especially as we are the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria,” they said.

Sodipo and Ajibowo noted that the increased hazard allowance which was quoted as being increased by over 400 per cent translates to an increase from N5,000 to N25,000.

“We assure that our principal objective is to get the necessary attention of Mr Governor to resolve these challenges in order to continue the peaceful harmonious relationship with the government for delivery of qualitative healthcare services to the populace with positive development in the health sector.

“We will continue to do all we can to deescalate the situation and continue discussion and negotiations with the government, especially at this time of COVID-19 pandemic,” they said.

The Guild leaders appreciated the efforts of the State Governor and his wife; the Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola; the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, and other well meaning Nigerians that had intervened toward resolving the issues.

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

Oluwafunke Temitope Ishola: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]

We are set to rebrand The Polytechnic, Ibadan–Council chair Foundation gets N23m United States-based Hospital’s equipment for Plateau Belgrade-based Nigerian basketballer dies after collapsing during training Al-Qaeda penetration alert: FG appeals to developed nations on needed platforms Nasarawa by-election: Police command deploys 491 personnel Lagos: Health Service Commission staff bags 2019 excellent Award Mrs El-Rufai canvasses public support for exclusive breastfeeding Making strong, safe LPG cylinders locally, my greatest joy, says industrialist 20,000 to benefit from NEDC Education Endowment Trust Fund — Chairman U.N. agencies scramble to support Beirut blast victims FCT court convicts Naira Marley for violation of Covid-19 protocol Association stresses advantages of breastfeeding babies Anambra Assembly seeks intensified fight against rape, support for victims NASS working to strengthen Nigeria’s anti-graft laws — Omo-Agege A’Ibom Gov. resolves 3-year-old chieftaincy tussle in Eket Petrol tanker claims 1 life in Lagos, says LASEMA Lagos NMA elects Adenekan as new Chairman No going back on December deadline for single-hull tanker phase-out — NIMASA DG Osinbajo receives Ize-Iyamu, Ganduje, sues for peaceful campaign in Edo Nsukka residents laud EEDC for improvement in electricity supply  Red Cross lauds Nigeria’s commitment to global nuclear ban Edo poll: Buhari endorses Ize-Iyamu Health workers warn against strike over incomplete COVID-19 allowance COVID-19 protocols: Oyo CAN to set up monitoring c’ttees on churches   The benefits of China transport infrastructure dev’t loan to Nigeria Medical Director, others charge mothers on exclusive breastfeeding NAF graduates 123 aircraft maintenance specialists in Kaduna Ghana’s COVID-19 cases exceed 40,000 with over 200 deaths Succession crisis: Enugu High Court stops Ogbete traders election Court nullifies indictment of ex-Nasarawa SSG over alleged N248.5m funds Man docked for alleged assault of woman police inspector in Osun Hold mobile phones at eye level to prevent spine, joint problem, expert advises Some 80,000 children displaced due to Beirut explosions – UNICEF COVID-19 lockdown: 7m Filipinos lose jobs Police arraign 10 men in Lagos over alleged unlawful possession of weapons COVID-I9: FRSC stresses importance of passengers’ documentation LWC says Adiyan water plant begins operation WHO scales up COVID-19, TB search with mobile testing in Kaduna communities Coronavirus: Germany, Malaysia industrial production recovering slowly COVID-19 Violation: Abuja mobile court fines Naira Marley N200,000 UN says 27 dead after boat capsizes off Mauritanian coast Lawyer calls for arrest of publisher for infringing right WHO ramps up COVID-19 support to hotspot countries in Africa Man, 24, bags 4-year jail term for burglary, stealing Osinbajo wants innovative technology suitable for courtroom Floods displace 150,000 in eastern South Sudan Court fixes Sept. 29 to rule in no-case-submission filed by El-Zazaky Britain to fund Northern Ireland trade declaration system Lagos Govt. conducts 66,000 COVID-19 sample tests NEMA warns of likely flooding in 28 states, 102 local governments