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Lagos NMA Reverses Stay-At-Home Order

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The Lagos State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has reversed its stay-at-home order which it imposed from 6 pm on Wednesday (May 20, 2020), following the conflicting order, restricting the movement of essential workers amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Chairman, Dr. Saliu Oseni, and the Secretary of the association, Dr. Moronkola Ramon, the NMA on Thursday.

The document revealed that the decision to reverse the order was necessary after the Nigerian Police Force and the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu resolved the issues and assured the safety of all health workers.

Read Full Statement Below:

PRESS RELEASE OF THE LAGOS STATE BRANCH OF NIGERIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION TO REVIEW HER SIT AT HOME ORDER DUE TO THE CONTINUED CONFLICTING DIRECTIVES OF GOVERNMENT AND LAW-ENFORCEMENT AGENTS ON THE STATUS OF ESSENTIAL WORKERS, INCLUDING DOCTORS AND OTHER HEALTH-WORKERS AND THE INCESSANT HARASSMENT OF HEALTHCARE WORKERS IN LAGOS

The Nigerian Medical association Lagos had given a stay at home order to her members following the continued harassment by the officers and men of the Nigerian police force. The decision was a necessary doctrine of self-preservation as it was unbearable combining the continued threat to life from the officers and men of the police force with the existing daily threat of COVID 19.

The leadership of the Association has followed the turn of events while monitoring the situation. The Nigerian police force has reached out to the Association to clarify and give assurance of cooperation with all health-workers. This, they have also done in the media. The executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu was exemplary as his timely intervention from the late hours of May 19th helped prevent worsening of the situation.

The association has further received assurances from Mr. Governor 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 (see attachments).

Above all, the passionate appeal from the good people of Lagos state is difficult to resist considering the fact that they will be most hit by the situation.

Following a holistic consideration of the above development, the Association hereby resolves as follows;

1. The doctors in Lagos State, under the auspices of NMA, has, and takes seriously, a responsibility to partake actively in the fight against Covid-19 and the delivery of quality healthcare to the citizenry for the entire period of the ongoing lockdown/ restriction of movement and beyond.

2. That the sit at home order issued on the 19th of May is hereby reversed and our members are hereby directed to resume work from 6 pm today 21st of May 2020 (this affects those on-call duties).

3. That the Lagos state government should ensure clarity at all times, on the exempted status of healthcare and other essential workers for the entire period of the ongoing lockdown/restriction of movement.

4. 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.

Appreciation
The Association expresses appreciation to Mr. Governor for his timely intervention and continued assurances in ensuring that the health-workers who were held by the police were released immediately and in preventing subsequent recurrence.
We also appreciate the Honourable minister for health Dr. Enahire Osagie and the HCH Lagos state professor Akin Abayomi on their timely interventions.

Dr Saliu Oseni Dr Ramon Moronkola

Chairman. Secretary

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COVID-19 Update by the Incident Commander, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

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Covid-19: Lagos discharge cases rises to 707 as 45 patients gets discharge

Lagos State has recorded the discharge of 45 fully recovered Covid-19 patients. This brings the total number of discharged cases in the state to 707.

This was disclosed by the state governor and incident commander for Covid-19, Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu on Saturday while giving Covid-19 update for the state.

He urged all to take responsibility in ensuring safety for self and for all.

He said:

Good people of Lagos,

“I bring you great news from our isolation facilities. Today, 45 fully recovered COVID19Lagos patients; 22 females and 23 males, all Nigerians were discharged to join the society.

“The patients; 19 from the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, 3 from Onikan, 8 from Agidingbi, 7 from Lekki, 1 from Eti-Osa (LandMark) and 7 from Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Isolation Centres were discharged having fully recovered and tested negative to COVID19.

“With this, the number of patients successfully managed and discharged from our Isolation facilities has risen to 707.

“As we look forward to more great news in the coming days, I urge you all to take responsibility and play your part for a #COVID19FreeLagos #ForAGreaterLagos.”

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Is all well with Mr President? – Nigerians react as Buhari prays sitting, without face mask

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Nigerians have taken to social media platforms especially Twitter to ask what exactly may be the problem with President Muhammadu Buhari as pictures surfaced online of him sitting while observing the Eid-il-fitri prayers.

The president was also seen without a mask as a one of the precautionary measures to guard against the novel and deadly Covid-19.

The photograph showed the president sitting on a chair without a mask while his aides with masks sat on a mat as expected by the tenets of Islam in observing prayers.

This has triggered controversies on why the president had to disregard the teachings of Islam by sitting on a chair.

While some explained that there are some exceptions in Islam that exempts one to sit while praying, others believed all may not be well with Mr President.

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Abia State Commissioner for Environment, Solomon Ogunji is dead

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Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has reacted to the death of the Commissioner for Environment in the state, Solomon Ogunji, who reportedly gave up the ghost on Saturday, May 23, 2020.

The commissioner as disclosed in a statement made available to newsmen by the state Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu, had died at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital in Aba yesterday.

Given an update on the incident to newsmen on Sunday in Umuahia, Kalu revealed that the deceased pass away after a brief illness relating to High blood pressure.

Reacting to the commissioner’s death, Governor Ikpeazu expressed his sadness and shock over the news which he described as unfortunate.

Ikpeazu commiserates with the family, friends and well-wishers, praying that God will give the family of the deceased the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and rest his soul in the bosom of the Lord.

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