Doctors in Lagos, Nigeria, have gone on strike over allegations that the police were abusing health workers while enforcing the lockdown.
The Lagos State Medical Association has announced that its staff will remain at home until the police stop harassing them.
The group said the violence was ‘catastrophic’.
They explained that police often block ambulances from getting to where they are going, and that drivers are sometimes threatened with detention.
Last month, President Muhammadu Buhari announced the curfew from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., though he said special workers, such as health workers and some members of the public, would be allowed. journalists and security agents should also get allowed.
But despite the announcement, the medical team said security forces were not obeying the president’s instructions.
In a message released Wednesday, the Nigeria Police Force has been trying to raise awareness on the issue of special workers, saying that ‘the workers whose duty is mandatory, including paramedics are among those who will be allowed to go to work ‘.
The medical team, however, requested the police to provide them with a letter stating their identity.
They added that the harassment caused by the police had prevented them from doing their job properly.
As of Wednesday, 6677 people had been infected with coronavirus in Nigeria, while 1840 had recovered, although 200 people had died.