Medical doctors in Cross River have threatened to withdraw their services over incessant kidnapping of its members. This was revealed in a statement jointly signed by the state’s Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, DrAgam Ayuk and Secretary, Dr Ezoke Epoke, after its emergency general meeting today in Calabar.
The decision was reached following the kidnap of one its member, Dr Ogbonna Uchenna-Aju on May third while he was travelling from Ogoja local government area to his house in Obudu local government area in the state.
The communiqué said that the kidnap of the Uchenna-Aju had brought psychological trauma and emotional destabilization to members of his family and the NMA in Cross River.
Following this incident, the association has given the state government and security agencies forty eight hours to facilitate the unconditional release of the doctor, failure of which it will proceed on a total and indefinite withdrawal of medical services in both the private, public and institutional hospitals in the state from twelve midnight of May ninth.
While noting that it is mindful of the impact of strike action on the good people of the state, the NMA said it cannot continue to save lives while the lives of its members remain under constant threat by armed bandits and kidnappers.