Healthcare

Lagos doctors strike over coronavirus safety

Chris Ewokor

BBC News, Abuja

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Doctors are asking for adequate personal protective equipment

Doctors in Nigeria's Lagos state have started a three-day strike over safety fears during the coronavirus pandemic.

Chairman of the Medical Guild Dr Oluwajimi Sodipo told the BBC that doctors on the front line dealing with patients infected with Covid-19 were at risk and the government needed to act quickly to address their safety fears.

They are asking for adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), insurance and prompt testing of health workers.

Dr Sodipo said that doctors working in Covid-19 isolation centres in Lagos were owed two months' wages.

He added that they were also demanding the government addresses a wage disparity between doctors working with federal hospitals and those in Lagos state hospitals.

The Lagos state government said it had met with the doctors and was hoping for a quick resolution.

Lagos remains the epicentre of the pandemic in Nigeria.

There are currently 12,427 confirmed cases in Lagos and 172 people have died of the virus in the state.