The Osun State chapter Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has spoken against the harassment of its members by security operatives, particularly the military.
The NMA Chairman Osun State Dr. Rasak Akindele also threatened to stop its members from working if the government did not address this issue of alleged harassment.
Reports state that a bus conveyed some nurses to work was stopped by military personnel in Osogbo during the indefinite curfew imposed by the governor on Saturday. The nurses were asked to kneel by the military.
It was also gathered that another set of doctors, while going to resume duty, were also asked to kneel for about two hours in the State even after showing their identity cards.
About 1000 nurses went on strike for hours on Sunday, protesting against the harassment they received from security operatives enforcing the curfew.
Confirming the incident on Monday, Akindele lamented that its members had been harassed across the State during the curfew.
He said, “They asked one doctor that was going to work to kneel for one and a half hour. Presenting the I.D card does not even concern them until a superior officer came and identified the man before they could release him.”
Akindele described the act as demoralising, adding that doctors could not carry out their duties without the emotional trauma.
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1Akindele further recalled that such treatment also happened to health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic when the government announced the State’s total lockdown.
According to him, this treatment meant that the government wants health workers to stay away whenever there is a lockdown or curfew order.
“That shouldn’t go on like that, in a country that we are shouting for sanity, and we are still correcting sanity with insanity, he said.