Following repeated cases of kidnapping of medical doctors in Cross River State,the state branch of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Tuesday called on the Prof. Ben Ayade’s- led administration of Cross River State to without any further delay declare a state of emergency on security over the incessant kidnapped of its members in the state.
The medical experts gave the charge in a communiqué signed by the state Chairman of the association, Dr Effiong Mkpanam and the Secretary of the association, Dr Ikechukwu Ukweh issued to journalists in Calabar.
The decision by the medical doctors to by-cot every activity related to medical practice in the state followed a recent kidnapped of a medical practitioner Dr. Uangha who is practicing medicine with the Cross River College of Education Medical Centre in Akamkpa local government area in Cross River state.
Ekanem, a medical practitioner was whisked by hoodlums on Dec. 26, 2017 by unknown gunmen and subsequently released in the early hours of Jan. 7, 2018.
Before Ekanem was let off his abductors hook, the NMA at a news conference on Friday January 5 in Calabar threatened to begin a indefinite withdrawal of medical services from public, private, mission and institutional hospitals in the state from Jan. 8 over the kidnapped doctor.
The medical experts in the communiqué, expressed dissatisfaction with the incessant kidnapped attacks on its members in the state, explaining that five of its members and three of their family members were kidnapped in 2017.
The NMA averred that it has suspended her notice of total and indefinite withdrawal of medical services over the release of their colleague and thereby calling on all its members to resume work immediately.
“It is noteworthy that in 2017 within the state capital alone, five doctors and three of their family members were kidnapped at various locations.
“We have noticed with utter dismay and drawn attention of the authorities to an upsurge in the cases of targeted kidnapping of medical practitioners.
“We have also observed with dismay, a dangerous trend in which the security and lives of doctors is being threatened by some disgruntle members of the society, while the state authorities and security agencies stand aloof and complacent at the very least.
“We wish to remind the state government that it is her duty to provide adequate security for its citizens. The state government should as a matter of urgency, declare a state of emergency on security in Cross River.
The medical doctors threatened to by-cot all services rendered by their members to the society should any of their members face threat of kidnap or is kidnapped by hoodlums calling on the Ben Ayade led administration to rise up to the challenge otherwise no service again will be delivered by any medical doctor.