Fashola Appeals To Doctors, Nurses Against Incessant Strike
Gov. Babatunde Raji Fashola
Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola on Tuesday appealed to the doctors and nurses in the state never to resort to strike actions as means of settling disputes irrespective of provocation and disagreements with the government. Fashola who made that appeal at the 2015 State Council on Health meeting held in Lagos said frequent strike actions by workers endanger lives of the residents, noting that the role played by health workers in any given society is too critical to embark on strike action at any slightest disagreement.
He added that the health workers are the only set of workers who must never contemplate strike action no matter the nature of disagreement, saying their role in continuous human existence cannot be overemphasized. Harping on the crucial role of the health professional, he said doctors and nurses are the only set of people who can instruct highly paced persons to do anything, especially regarding to medical advice.
Fashola said, “Doctors, physicians are the only set of people who ask me to take off my
cloth. They are the only one who can tell me never to go out and I won’t. If you commit adultery and you don’t want to tell anyone, you must confess to the physicians. The reason you must tell them is for the diseases not to become epidemic.”
He added that the Lagos State Health department has the duty to cater for millions of Nigerians, commending the the health workers in the state for rising to the emerging health challenges in the state.
The governor noted that the state’s health sector had become very efficient in the area of public health service delivery through provision of health infrastructure.
He noted that the rampant goitre cases in Badagry area of the state had also been taken care of with successful surgical operations carried on the affected victims.
Fashola explained that several policies such as enactment of cremation law and other health policies were made during his administration to enhance health care delivery system in the state, saying there is no finish line on the race to excellence. Earlier , the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, said the government had in the last eight years ensure better service delivery for improved health in the state.
To enhance its healthcare delivery, the commissioner said the state government entered into partnership with private sector towards capacity building and service creation.