The Medical Guild has begged Lagos state Government to prioritise the health and lives of healthcare workers.
The Chairman of the association, Dr. Sa’eid Ahmad, led this out during a news conference ahead of the guild’s forthcoming Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference, on Sunday.
Ahmad stated that the guild had faced significant difficulties in the past years due to the persistent co-morbidities that were worsened by the loss of manpower and the resulting excessive workload on service point members.
He said the guild had also experienced the unfortunate loss of several of its members.
Ahmad said: “The intensity of the attendant sense of loss was probably brought to its peak with the tragic event of the collapsed elevator in the General Hospital, Odan, Lagos, which claimed the life of our young colleague, the Late Dr. Vwaere Diaso.
“This was to be followed by end-on-end demises of some additional colleagues, sometimes multiple over a few days.”
“These, after all, are the people in whose hands the health and lives of the people are entrusted.
“We had demanded short, medium and long-term solution categories to these problems, including the basic need for healthcare workers to be able to obtain much-needed care themselves within the system in which they work.
Ahmad noted that the guild, through a series of emergency General Assemblies and consultations, developed a comprehensive position paper.
He said the paper drew the attention of the state government to urgently take action to salvage the spiraling health of the health workers.
“This document has indeed formed the cornerstone of highest level policy discussions with the Government of Lagos State on behalf of our members.
“We hope that these discussions produce policy pronouncements and actionable directives at any moment,” he said.