Lagosians suffer over sacking of doctors in Lagos
By EMMANUEL UDOM
The tension generated by the recent sack of 788 doctors by the Lagos state government is certainly taking its toll on most Lagosians. Babatunde Fashola, the action governor of the state know, as well as I do that when two elephants fight, it is the grass the suffer.
A visit to various government hospitals in the former capital of Nigeria will tell the story better. So, as the doctors and the ACN-led government in Lagos are passing the buck and playing politics with the issue, even as the doctors were demanding for their legitimate rights, the people, who need medical attention at various hospitals in the state, are the ones feeling the heat.
Olatunji Shelle, Lagos state chairman of PDP told journalists that the ratio of doctor to patient in Lagos which used to be an abysmal 1:14,545 is now 1:50,000 as against the global standard of 1:1000. He is damn right here. Again visit the nearest general hospital around you to confirm or refute this, if you do not agree with him.
He also insisted that the mass sack lacks any logic or common sense, but sheer rascality, since the matter is presently before a court of competent jurisdiction, even as the Nigerian Medical Association had also waded into the dispute to pacify the doctors.
"But the ACN government in the state further showed its lack of experience, arrogance and anti masses tendencies when it hurriedly evicted the doctors from their quarters in a most illegal, fascist and barbaric manner, the Lagos PDP boss lamented.
This issue is not a party matter, but one between life and death. So, it should not be reduced to a political game, game, with a do-or-die brand of politics as it is played in Nigeria by some politicians,
I honestly feel the matter, which is presently in court should be resolved as soon as possible for the sake of ordinary persons living, working or doing business in Lagos. Passing the bucks and blaming the other party has never been and will not be the solution.
PDP has summoned journalists to blasts the Fashola-led regime. This is very, very wrong as it will not argue well to read political meanings into a situation that demands seriousness and urgency. Health issues should not be subjected to politics, but dealt with based on merit.
The question is not who is right or wrong, but who to urgently address the situation on ground now and bring about peace, harmony and amicable resolution of the issues involved.