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People from many
local government areas of Lagos
State yesterday stormed the
office of Governor Babatunde
Fashola (SAN) to protest the
ongoing strike embarked upon by
doctors in the state.
They displayed placards with
inscriptions such as “Government
and doctors, please embrace
dialogue”; “You can’t intimidate
Lagosians”; “Lagos doctors, stop
the killing”, “fear God, stop
strike”, among others.
The protesters, mostly women,
were led by Evangelist Bola
Popoola and Sesan Sowande.
They appealed to the governor to
find a way of resolving the
situation in order to prevent
deaths occurring on daily basis in
the state.
Sowande informed the governor
that the protest was as a result of
the effects the strike had had on
the people.
“Many deaths are recorded on
daily basis because the sick
among us cannot receive medical
attention. We acknowledge the
efforts of the government in the
area of health care delivery. But
these are being destroyed by the
striking doctors
“We cannot fold our hands and
allow the situation to continue.
The government is doing its best,
but the doctors earning fat
salaries are not helping the
matter”, Sowande said.
Popoola, in her contribution, said
it was sad that “the doctors
continue to hold residents to
ransom”.
She said the majority of the
doctors have private hospitals
and will be glad to disrupt
activities in government-owned
hospitals, so as to attract patients
from the public who are left with
no other option.”
Popoola, who called for the
immediate sack of doctors who
refuse to yield to the public plea,
said it was bad to use the strike
to rubbish the efforts of the
government in the health sector.
She said: “Any doctor with his or
her own private hospital should
be asked to retire. They cannot
spoil the governor’s work because
this government has done
creditably well.”
Responding, Governor Fashola
appealed to the residents to be
calm, while assuring them that a
lasting solution to the situation is
in sight.
“Let me apologise to all Lagosians
suffering from this situation that
we find ourselves. Since 2002,
government has been working to
improve the conditions in which
doctors and nurses operate in our
hospitals, theatres, clinics and
even the school of nursing.
Hospitals don’t save lives. It is
people who do so. We have been
doing all these with your taxes. I
assure you that we will end this
strike soon.
“I appeal to you to be calm. We
will continue to run free health
mission in you various local
government areas in order to
ensure that you remain healthy,”
Governor Fashola said.

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People from many
local government areas of Lagos
State yesterday stormed the
office of Governor Babatunde
Fashola (SAN) to protest the
ongoing strike embarked upon by
doctors in the state.
They displayed placards with
inscriptions such as “Government
and doctors, please embrace
dialogue”; “You can’t intimidate
Lagosians”; “Lagos doctors, stop
the killing”, “fear God, stop
strike”, among others.
The protesters, mostly women,
were led by Evangelist Bola
Popoola and Sesan Sowande.
They appealed to the governor to
find a way of resolving the
situation in order to prevent
deaths occurring on daily basis in
the state.
Sowande informed the governor
that the protest was as a result of
the effects the strike had had on
the people.
“Many deaths are recorded on
daily basis because the sick
among us cannot receive medical
attention. We acknowledge the
efforts of the government in the
area of health care delivery. But
these are being destroyed by the
striking doctors
“We cannot fold our hands and
allow the situation to continue.
The government is doing its best,
but the doctors earning fat
salaries are not helping the
matter”, Sowande said.
Popoola, in her contribution, said
it was sad that “the doctors
continue to hold residents to
ransom”.
She said the majority of the
doctors have private hospitals
and will be glad to disrupt
activities in government-owned
hospitals, so as to attract patients
from the public who are left with
no other option.”
Popoola, who called for the
immediate sack of doctors who
refuse to yield to the public plea,
said it was bad to use the strike
to rubbish the efforts of the
government in the health sector.
She said: “Any doctor with his or
her own private hospital should
be asked to retire. They cannot
spoil the governor’s work because
this government has done
creditably well.”
Responding, Governor Fashola
appealed to the residents to be
calm, while assuring them that a
lasting solution to the situation is
in sight.
“Let me apologise to all Lagosians
suffering from this situation that
we find ourselves. Since 2002,
government has been working to
improve the conditions in which
doctors and nurses operate in our
hospitals, theatres, clinics and
even the school of nursing.
Hospitals don’t save lives. It is
people who do so. We have been
doing all these with your taxes. I
assure you that we will end this
strike soon.
“I appeal to you to be calm. We
will continue to run free health
mission in you various local
government areas in order to
ensure that you remain healthy,”
Governor Fashola said.

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