Nigeria doctors begin latest strike amid pandemic Jul 14, 2020 0 47 12345 AFPLagosDoctors in Nigeria’s largest city Lagos began a three-day warning strike on Monday over welfare and inadequate protective kits, but said medics handling coronavirus cases would not be involved.The industrial action is the latest in a string of stoppages by medics to hit Africa’s most populous nation as it struggles to halt rising infections. Doctors under the auspices of the Medical Guild Association said they called the strike after the Lagos state government failed to meet demands for additional pay and better protection.“The issue of COVID-19 hazard allowances and inducement allowances... approved by the federal government to the doctors has not been approved by Lagos government to her doctors,” leader Oluwajimi Sodipo said in a statement.He said the stoppage would not include members working in coronavirus isolation wards despite a backlog in their wages. “Doctors working in COVID-19 isolation centres are still being owed two months; salaries which have remained unpaid at the moment,” he said.“Our members are putting themselves on the line daily to provide care, and we need to do everything to protect our colleagues.”The statement urged government to provide enough personal protective equipment, prompt testing of health workers and insurance.Nigeria has so far recorded over 32,500 cases and 740 deaths from the virus.Lagos, the country’s largest city of 20 million inhabitants, accounts for the bulk of the cases.More than 800 health workers have been infected by the virus, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.The Nigerian Medical Association -- the country’s main doctors body -- has launched or threatened a series of strikes during the pandemic over welfare and safety. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Mandela’s daughter Zindzi dies at 59 Jul 14, 2020 0 1293 Iran says virus death toll tops 13,000 Jul 14, 2020 0 302 Shooting down of Ukrainian aircraft due to ‘human error’: Iran Jul 14, 2020 0 44 Third Iranian lawmaker dies from coronavirus Tehran Another lawmaker has died in Iran due to an infection with the coronavirus, the news agency ISNA reported on Monday. Issa Jafari is the third member of the Iranian parliament to die of the coronavirus since the .. Hezbollah parliamentary bloc lodges complaint against US ambassador Beirut The parliamentary bloc of Lebanon’s pro-Iran Shiite movement Hezbollah on Monday lodged an official complaint with the Lebanese Foreign Ministry against the US ambassador in Beirut. Headed by .. Seven children, 2 women killed in Yemen air strike: UN AFP Dubai Seven children and two women were killed in an air raid in northwest Yemen, a UN agency said Monday, as Riyadh said it intercepted missiles fired by Yemeni Huthi rebels. The UN Office for the Coordination of .. Saudi coalition says it destroyed drones, missiles of Yemeni rebels DPA Riyadh The Saudi-led coalition said on Monday it had intercepted and destroyed four missiles and seven bomb-laden drones launched by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels towards the kingdom. Coalition spokesman .. Somalia’s army chief survives suicide bombing AFP Mogadishu Somalia’s army chief, General Odowa Yusuf Rage, on Monday survived a suicide bomb attack that was claimed by the Al-Shabaab jihadist group, military sources said. A civilian died and half a dozen other .. Detained Mali opposition figures freed Bamako All opposition figures who were detained in Mali after violent protests against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Friday have been released, their lawyers said on Monday. Alifa Habib Kone, one of the lawyers ..