The Lagos State Government has appealed to resident doctors to shelve their panned three-day warning strike billed to begin tomorrow in the public interest.
Commissioner for Health Dr Jide Idris urged the doctors to consider the plight of the masses who always bear the brunt of such actions.
The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, on Sunday threatened to embark on an indefinite strike following what it called acute shortage of resident doctors and house officers in the hospital.
It said LASUTH management’s failure to employ house officers and resident doctors would trigger the strike.
The ARD-LASUTH threatened a shutdown of services in the hospital, adding that doctors will not attend to emergency cases during the period.
But in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday, Idris said there were plans to hire more house officers and resident doctors. He urged the doctors to shelve their plan.
He said: “There are plans by the state government to employ more house officers and resident doctors. We have started that already.
“If you will recall that the Lagos State Health Service Commission care facilities have an approval to recruit more house officers and we are working on the other approval for the teaching hospitals.
“So we are aware of the agitations and we are working seriously on how to address the issue; we will meet with stakeholders today.
“I appeal to the doctors to shelve their planned strike in the interest of the people.”
NAN/ The Nation News