By Patrick Obia and David Nsa
The Nigerian Medical Association, Cross River State (NAM- CRS) branch has said the body has proceeded in total and indefinite withdrawal of its members from medical services in both public and private hospitals, clinics, Health Care centers, due to the recent kidnap of a Consultant Haematologist, Dr. Iyama Marcus, who was whisked away by unknown men on Thursday 18th July, 2019.
This was made known in a Communique issued by the NMA Cross River State, at the end of Annual General Meeting (AGM) at it’s Secretariat today (Friday 19t July 2019) after yet another adoption of a Medical Doctor.
The Association warned all hospitals both public, private and missionary, clinics and other Health Centres to down tools till security measures are put in place in order to safeguard the lives of health workers.
“NMA-CRS has proceeded on total and indefinite withdrawal of medical services in both public, private and institutional hospitals in the State (University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Federal Neuro- psychiatry hospital, General Hospitals, Mission Hospitals, Medical centers and private clinics/hospitals) with immediate effect,” NMA directs its members.
In another development, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN), has called on Government to prioritize security in medical environments to ensure the safety of health workers.
AMLSN made this call in a press release issued out on Friday 19th July, 2019 expressing sadness over the recent kidnap of Marcus, who was on his way back from Church meeting at Akpabuyo Local Government Area at about 7:00PM.
“The security of lives and property of members of the hospital community in UCTH, in particular and the State in general is very important and should be prioritized by those saddled with the responsibility to do so,” AMLSN called.
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