DANIELS G. O
The Medical Guild wants to use this medium to respond to the Press release of the 13th July 2020 by the ministry of information on the 3 day warning strike which started on the13th of July 2020.
The association noted with regrets the attempts to paint the association as being unprofessional and casting
untrue impression that the strike is being masterminded by a few members of the Medical Guild.
The Medical Guild is a professional body with well skilled members, an affilaite of NMA with an aim of catering for the welfare of its members and providing world class medical services to Lagosians, Nigerians and foreigners. Since its inception in 1926, it has been at the forefront of innovative strides and collaborative efforts with Government on the issue of health sector development and progress.
The Guild attempted all within its powers to prevent the strike.
We start by drawing the attention of the government that more than 200 medical doctors who are members of the Guild have been infected with COVID-19, many of whom also infected their families with attendant short and long term complications. This is a testament to our 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 health care workers and patients on admission in hospitals so as to upscale provision of safe medical services, suggestions which had been largely jettisoned until the declaration of strike action.
On the specific issues raised about the wages, salaries and emoluments, we are happy that the LASG has now agreed that our federal counterparts in the same state earn much more than doctors working with Lagos State and this situation has been going on for years without a definitive action from government to bridge the gaps.
Apart from the fact that there are security implications of releasing remuneration of employees publicly, the LASG has maintained that they have no agreement with the COVID-19 volunteers at the isolation centre, hence 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 and 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.
The increased hazard allowance which was quoted as being increased by over 400 percent translates to an increase from 5,000 naira to 25,000 naira.
*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 government for the delivery of qualitative healthcare services to the populace with positive development in the health sector*.
Our motto had been to present, engage, negotiate and then implement which is the only panacea to preventing disruption of services in the health sector.
We will continue to do all we can to deescalate the situation and continue discussion and negotiations with government especially at this time of COVID-19 , while urging the relevant ministries and agencies of government to imbibe the spirit of engagement and negotiation so that Lagosians can continue to enjoy uninterrupted healthcare services delivery.
We conclude by appreciating the efforts of Mr Governor, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and other eminent Lagosians like the First Lady, Dr Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, His Royal Highness, the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola and well meaning Nigerians.
*Dr Oluwajimi Sodipo*
*Dr Ismail Ajibowo*