Nigeria: Doctors protest incessant kidnap of colleagues
Calabar, Nigeria. Jan. 10, 2018 (AltAfrika)-About 150 doctors under the aegis of the Nigeria Medical Association in Cross River State on Wednesday made good their threat to down tools following the incessant kidnap of their colleagues in the state.
The doctors had, on Tuesday, threatened to down tools on the grounds that no fewer than six doctors, including members of their families, have been kidnapped in the last few months.
Earlier on Sunday (January 7), the doctors had expressed relief over the release of their colleague in the Cross River State College of Education Medical Centre in Akamkpa Local Government Area, Dr. Usang Ekanem, who was kidnapped on December 26, 2017.
The aggrieved doctors, who protested along major streets in Calabar, terminating at the Governor’s Office, expressed displeasure with the state government over its alleged approach to the kidnap of doctors.
Chairman of the state NMA, Dr. Effiong Mkpanam, vowed that all cadres of hospitals would be closed to patients until their colleague is released and the state of insecurity addressed.
He said, “We are not safe and we want people to know that we cannot go to work because we are not safe.
“We want unconditional release of Dr. Emem Udoh, who is a nursing mother and until she is released, all the doctors in Cross River State will sit at home.
“Anybody who wants medical treatment should go to the neighbouring state.”
Mkpanam decried the level of insecurity in the state, adding that Cross River is no longer safe for residents.