If the state government and security agencies don’t deal with the growing trend of kidnapping health workers in Nigeria, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) chapter in Enugu State has threatened to downplay the situation.   ,
No fewer than 10 health professionals had been abducted, particularly from their jobs over the previous two months, according to NMA.
Following an Emergency General Meeting (EGM) on Wednesday, the Union decided to notify the state government and all parties in a communique signed by Dr. Celestine Ugwoke, state chairman of the NMA, and General Secretary Sunday Okafor.
The association will keep a close eye on the development and application of its resolutions, including the earlier advanced protest letters, according to state security agencies.
The EGM “strivedly resolved to call on the Enugu State Government to urgently ensure that all of our public hospitals are well and heavily guarded by armed security personnel, and equally ensure the beefing up of the presence and operations of Armed Security Patrol Teams across the State,” according to a section of The Communiqué.
“Unanimously resolved to request that the state government immediately rejig and revamp the State’s current security architecture through adequate funding for security, installation of modern technologies and security gadgets, among other innovative security measures that would quickly help put an end to this ugly situation.”
“The EGM further resolved to mandate that the management of the State’s various health institutions ensure that Medical/Dental consultants on hospital calls are provided with decent call rooms, meals, etc., or, in the alternative, provide a to-and-fro Ambulance escort for them to perform their duties.”
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