Doctors in Cross River State have commenced an indefinite strike in protest against the abduction of one of their colleagues.
Ekanem Ephraim, a medical doctor at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), was abducted by gunmen at her residence on Thursday….[Continue Reading]
The kidnappers disguised themselves as patients to gain access to her home, according to Felix Archibong, chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in the state.
The abductors have reportedly contacted Ephraim’s family and demanded a ransom for her release. Despite concerted efforts to secure her freedom, the doctor remains in captivity, prompting the NMA to take decisive action.
During an emergency general meeting (EGM) held in Calabar, the state capital, the NMA issued a communique announcing the commencement of a total and indefinite withdrawal of medical services, effective immediately. This strike action will impact all hospitals in the state, including federal, state, private, and mission-run facilities.
The NMA has called on the state government to utilize all available resources and take prompt measures to ensure the timely and unconditional release of their abducted colleague.
While acknowledging the potential hardships that the withdrawal of medical services may impose on the citizens, the association emphasizes the urgency of the situation and appeals to relevant security agencies to expedite the safe release of the doctor.
This is not the first time medical practitioners in Cross River State have resorted to strike action due to the abduction of their members. In 2022, they embarked on a strike under similar circumstances, highlighting the recurring threat faced by healthcare professionals in the state….[Continue Reading]