The Medical Guild has raised an alarm; that no less than 200 medical doctors in Lagos State have been infected with COVID-19 in the line of duty.
In a bid to alert the public on the virulence of the COVID-19 pandemic; the association issued this statement on Tuesday, July 14.
The statement was co-signed by the association’s Chairman and Secretary, Dr Oluwajimi Sodipo, as well as Dr Ismail Ajibowo respectively.
This latest warning comes in the aftermath of a statement credited to the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso.
Omotoso had lampooned the doctors for embarking on a three-day warning strike; in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In its response, the Medical Guild said it regretted 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 statement reads in part; “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 desire to serve our patients and our calling.
“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 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 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.”