Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Doctors in Lagos hospitals offer emergency services

25 March 2015, 11:11Olagoke Olatoye

Lagos - Skeletal activities were on Tuesday being rendered in both the Federal and Lagos State Government-owned hospitals in Lagos as the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) embarked on sympathy strike with their colleagues.

The NMA in Lagos State chapter had directed its members in the Federal Government-owned hospitals to join the sympathy strike.

The doctors in the employment of the state government had on March 16 embarked on an indefinite strike over the refusal of the state government to accede to their demands.

The issues in contention include the continued employment of doctors as casual workers and non-employment of resident doctors in the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.

Others issues  were the alleged non-payment of their salary arrears for May, 2012, and July, August and September, 2014 due to the "No Work, No Pay" policy of the state government.

The NMA Chairman in Lagos State, Dr Tope Ojo, on Monday directed his members in both the federal and state government-owned hospitals to run only emergency services during the sympathy strike.

Media reports have suggested that doctors at LUSATH are only attending to emergency cases.

Other health personnel including nurses, pharmacists and laboratory scientists were seen attending to the  few patients on admission and in the out-patient unit.

Normal activities are going on at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi and Gbagada General Hospital as the doctors were seen on duty attending to patients.

Nike Ayo, Public Relations Officer at the National Orthopedic Hospital, said that doctors under the aegis of  Association of Resident Doctors had written to the hospital’s management on the strike.

According to her, the resident doctors  had notified the hospital authorities about  the directive of the union to proceed on indefinite strike in  support of  their counterparts in the state.

The NMA Publicity Secretary, Dr Ibrahim Ogunbi, asaid that doctors were only on ground to render emergency services.

Ogunbi said that doctors were passionate about their patients and would ensure that they get medical attention in spite of the strike.

He said that the national body of the association might be involved in the strike  if the state government refuse  to accede to the doctors’ demands.

Also read: Cyclist burns to death in Lagos

"Lagos State Government has remained unresponsive and has decided not to care for the people. NMA has joined the strike, but we are also providing emergency services.

'If the Lagos State Government does not do the needful, it may be a national issue," he said.

Also speaking, Dr Sa’eid Ahmad, the President, Association of Resident Doctors, LASUTH Chapter, urged the public to appreciate the doctors who make sacrifices  to ensure that they were attended to.

Ahmad said: "The objective of this industrial action is not to punish the citizens or watch people dying.

"We are still offering emergency services and as for those patients that have been on admission before the commencement of the action, we are still attending to all of them until they get well and are discharged."

He said that there had been no progress on all the doctors’ discussions  with the state government in spite of the interventions by both the national and state chapter of NMA.  

Dr Wale Oke, LASUTH Chief Medical Director, said the hospital’s management would ensure that patients that need medical attention are  attended to.

 "We will attend to patients only on emergencies as the doctors have provided services for emergencies," he said.

Dr Raman Lawal, the Chief Medical Director, Psychiatry Hospital, Yaba, also said:  "I cannot make any comments about the strike.

"But, the doctors are attending to the patients available and those in the wards are also being taken care of. "


Tags nigeria

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...