Doctors from the South-South region of Nigeria under the Nigerian Medical Association have called on the region’s state governors to urgently end the incessant kidnapping of their members, particularly in Cross River State.
Doctors in a statement yesterday at the end of the zonal executive council meeting, also expressed their displeasure at what they described as attacks targeting private doctors and hospitals by thugs during the #EndSARS protest, particularly in Rivers State.
According to the statement signed by the president and secretary of the South-South zone of the NMA, Dr. Nwose Emmanuel and Dr. Okoacha Innocent, they further regretted the wave of insecurity in the region and emphasized that it is hampering the provision of care. medical without problems in the South-South area. The statement reads in part:
“The association is deeply concerned about the incessant selective kidnapping of doctors and their relatives.
NMA “Following the meeting, the south-south area of the NMA strongly condemns the targeted kidnapping of doctors in Cross River State, as well as the attacks on private doctors and clinics in Rivers State.
“The South-South area of the NMA strongly identifies with its members in Cross River State and fully supports all actions taken to end this unpleasant development of incessant kidnapping of physicians.
“We call on the Cross River State Government and other governments in the region to give this issue the attention it deserves and put measures in place to prevent it from occurring in the future so that our members can return to work in a enabling environment.
“The area condemns the attacks on private doctors and hospitals during the EndSARS protest in Rivers State. Left unchecked, this action will only weaken the already bruised morale of doctors, who risk their lives to care for people even in times of crisis.
“We call on the Rivers State government to do a good assessment of the damage done and compensate private doctors and clinics accordingly.”
SOURCE: – VANGUARD