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The Nigerian Medical Association and the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives in Ogun state have vowed to continue with the total strike over the alleged high rate of insecurity in the state .
The medical associations which announced the commencement of the total strike on Monday , shortly before the release of two of their members who were kidnapped last week , insisted to go on with the strike .
The health workers in the state had said that they would withdraw their services at the public health institutions Tuesday midnight to protest abduction of their members across the state.
While the chairman of the NANNM Roseline Solarin affirmed the strike through a communique , the NMA Chairman , Dr. Oladayo Ogunlaja confirmed the planned strike in a phone interview with our correspondent .
In the communique isued by NANNM , dated April 12 and addressed to the Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr. Tomi Coker , the nurses condemned the lackadaisical attitude if the government towards the release of their colleagues .
In the communique, tittled “notification of withdrawal of services , the NANNM described the approach adopted by the government as appalling .
In his comments, Ogunlaja said the strike was a joint resolution between the NMA and NANNM ,saying, they are going ahead with the strike despite the release of their abducted colleagues until the government does the needful .
He said except and until the government ensures the safety of health workers at their workplaces, the strike would continue . .
He said There is a lot of security challenges in the state now . I want the state government to address them before we go back to work .
“To make where we work a safe place, so that we can work without any fear . The state is now becoming unsafe for everybody living in the state not one axis, bit, all the axes .
“We want the government to do the needful so that we will know that we are secured .
When contacted whether they have changed their minds or not, the NMA through the secretary ,Dr. Oluseyi Aderinwale and Solarin told our correspondent that they are going ahead with the strike .
Aderinwale said “This is surprising . It is irrevocable . The word is irrevocable mind my word irrevocable.
“I am.still in a meeting now with the state government and I don’t know when it is going to end ,when I am done I will try to give you a call if it is not too late.”
Also speaking, Solarin said “no change of mind . We have already commenced the strike .
“It is not tonight . It had started , we have started . It is indefinite until what we want are given to us.”