Doctors in Kogi State have suspended the strike embarked upon two days ago to protest the kidnapping of their colleague, Dr Austin Uwumagbe.
This followed assurances by the state government on Wednesday that all efforts would be made to ensure the safe return of their colleague.
PUNCH reports that the Director of Victory Hospital-Annex at Ogaminana, Dr Austin Uwumagbe, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen last week and has been in the kidnapper’s den since then.
The suspension of the 72-hour strike was contained in a communique issued on Thursday, which was jointly signed by Kogi State NMA Chairman, Dr Olusola Baoku, and Secretary, Dr Emmanuel Kelvin, respectively after an emergency congress meeting of the association.
The communique reads in part “Following the intervention of the Medical Elders, the re-assurances from the Kogi State Government, the security agencies and most importantly the plight of our dear patients, the industrial action be suspended across the state at exactly 72hours from its commencement.
“The State Officers Council (SOC) of NMA Kogi should sustain engagement with all the relevant Stakeholders to ensure the release of Dr. Austin Umuragbe. Also, periodic updates should be given to the congress to review the process and chart the way forward”.