Medical Doctors to embark on strike

Nigeria Medical Association, Cross River branch has threaten to embark on indefinite strike from January 8.

The strike is to protest against the abduption of one of their member, Usang Ekenam on December 26, 2017 by gunmen.

Cross River State chairman of NMA, Effiong Mkpanam said on Friday after an emergency meeting on that members of their association has been a victim of abduption by kidnappers while addressing the media.

Mr. Effiong said the attack on his members are usually carried out while they are performing their duties of saving life.

He also made the claim that Mr Ekrnam who was the former Chairman of NMA was kidnapped last year December and the Government and security agencies are not doing what they should to rescue him from the kidnapper.

“As we address you today, it is with grief that we made very public that a verysenior medical practitioner and one time chairman of NMA has been in the kidnappers den for more than 10 days and counting.

” we have observed the dismay a dangerous trend in which the security and lives of the we doctor is bring threatened by some disgruntled member of the society.

“The NMA in Cross River hereby instructs all it’s members both in public and private mefical facilities, University of Calarber Teaching hospital, Federal Neuropsychiatric hospital, Institutional hospital, General hospital, Mission hospital and others to withdraw their services.

“They are to observe a total and indefinite withdrawal of services to the members of the public until such a time that our colleague is release from his captors and measures taken to forstsll future occurrence.

” It is noteworthy that in 2017, within Calarber alone, five doctors and three of their dependants and family members were kidnapped at various location.”

He then call on the State governor, Men Ayade and all concerned security personal to come to the rescue of their member.

He also said that the kidnapped has called the family of the kidnapped Medical doctor demanding for #100 million before they reduce it to #20 million.

“How much is the salary of a medical doctor monthly that he should pay such a ransome? For what we heard from the family, the victim was with ATM cards when he was taken and all the money in his account has been withdrawn.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the NMA in Cross River State will withdraw clinical service without any notice anytime a doctor is kidnap in the future.

” The NMA regret any inconveniences this action may cause members of the public and wish to advice the law abiding members of the public to seek medical ┬áservices in neighbouring State of the federation. “

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