NMA – Attack on ambulance, health workers during #ENDSARS protests condemnable

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The Nigerian Medical Association on Thursday damned the violent attack by hoodlums on ambulances and healthcare workers who went to the location where the Lekki tollgate massacre took place.

Dr. Adetunji Adenekan, NMA Lagos chairman, said if the violence was continued, more lives of health workers and residents would’ve been at stake.

“This sad event of unprovoked and unwarranted attacks of unarmed youth by security agents, whose primary constitutional duty is the protection of lives and property, will be remembered as a day security authority waged war against and attempted to make peaceful protest unconstitutional.

In parts, the statement reads, “We are also aware of the restriction of movement of ambulances by some security personnel around the Lekki area during the pandemonium, and damage to one ambulance in another part of the state by hoodlums, thereby endangering the lives of health workers.”

“We also wish to note that this act has led to a more tense atmosphere with public panic and mental health concerns.

“In the same vein, the event is capable of putting the lives of healthcare workers, including medical and dental practitioners, who will have to continue to care for Lagosians, in great danger,” he said.

Adenekan pleaded on the Lagos State Government to create free flow of movement for emergency responders, ambulances and health workers especially for emergencies..

“We call on the state government to make adequate arrangement in respect of provision of security for health workers and doctors, first responders and all essential workers.

“The NMA also wants an urgent mechanism in place to prevent further escalation of the current situation and ensure the protection of lives and property of Lagosians,” he urged.

Continuing, the Consultant Ophthalmologist said, “We appreciate the efforts of first responders, ambulance drivers, nurses, emergency room physicians and other health workers who worked round the clock to provide care for the wounded Nigerians on account of these attacks; and Governor Babajide Sanwoolu, for visiting some of the victims.”