- Monday, 21 May 2012
- By Palmer Ogheneyole Nathaniel
As part of measures to amielorate the plight of Lagosians in the ongoing show of might between the Lagos State Goverment and the Nigerian Medical Association, the private sector has come to the rescue of the suffering Patients by rolling out free medical services to patient pending the resolution of the ongoing dispute.
The private Doctors under the aegis of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners (AGPMP) announced this package yesterday through its Chairman, Dr. Olayinka Oladosu noting that the decision was taken after a thorough evaluation of the situation, and decided to make sure no more lives were lost while the state Government intensifies discussion the striking Doctors.
Oladuso affirmed that the gesture will not in any way truncate the demands of striking Doctors but only a fufilment of their Hippocratic Oath which they sworn to. He however urged the Lagos State Government to speedy up negotiations with the sacked doctors with the aim of finding a lasting solution to the imbroglio.
"We cannot sit back and go against the Hippocratic Oath that we have sworn to. Our colleagues in dispute should be assured that the move is not in any way to scuttle their negotiation with the State Government, but rather to rise up to the situation to save our people from avoidable deaths", he said.
In his remark, the Association's National President, Dr. Tony Omolua explained that the gesture is a selfless service to humanity in this critical time of need.
He said certain hospitals have been selected in virtually all parts of Lagos to ease the burden of patients travelling through long distance to get medical attention. While noting that enough doctors have been provided in the designated Hospitals to attend to general health care cases, he added that Specialists have been place on standby to address complicated cases.
Omolola however listed some of the participating hospitals to include: Maryland Specialist Hospital, Nusamin Hospital, Ericon Clinic, Havillah Clinic, St. Patrick Clinic, etc.