CLO implores Doctors to suspend ongoing strike


The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has implored resident doctors to reconsider their ongoing strike , as the health safety of the nation from the ravaging coronavirus pandemic amongst other diseases is at stake.

While speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on the impact of the nationwide strike by resident doctors nationwide on Thursday, the Chairman of CLO, Anambra, Mr. Vincent Ezekwueme, made the plea .

He noted other closely related disease the country was battling, which includes , Lassa fever and typhoid/malaria.

His statement read in part ,“I most passionately appeal to our distinguished and respected striking medical doctors to remember Hippocratic Oath to save and protect the lives of hapless patients and humanity.

“Government at all levels should engage them in sincere dialogue and negotiations to ensure industrial harmony and peace.

“Significantly, payment for their agreed hazardous allowances and other entitlements will motivate and encourage them to urgently resume their very sensitive work,’’ he said.

Ezekwueme noted that it us the duty of enlightened Nigerians to educate other citizens who still doubt the existence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

“It is of great relevance to note that COVID-19 is the greatest threat and enemy of humanity. The health challenges posed by the pandemic calls for marshal plans by the government, medical experts, civil society organisations and citizenry.

He said , “It will be very unfortunate and pathetic if the virus is not controlled because the future just like the present will be very bleak and regrettable.”

Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi

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