150 doctors protest kidnap of colleague in Cross Rivers

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Dr Emem Udoh.

Over 150 doctors in Cross Rivers wore black attires to protest in Calabar on Wednesday against the kidnap of their colleague, Dr Emem Udoh.

Dr Emem Udoh who was kidnapped on Monday in Calabar was a Senior Registrar in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.

The doctors who came from private, public and missionary hospitals and those in tertiary institutions in Cross River, on Wednesday threatened to down tool because six of their colleagues and family members had been kidnapped in the last few months.

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The aggrieved doctors, who protested along major streets in Calabar culminating at the Government House, expressed displeasure with the State Government over its approach toward abduction of doctors in the state.

The Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in the state, Dr Effiong Mkpanam, said that all hospitals in the state would remain closed until their colleague was released.

Mkpanam urged the state government to address the current security challenges in the state.

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“We are not safe and we want people to know that we cannot go to work because we are not safe.

“We want unconditional release of Dr Emem Udoh who is a nursing mother and until she is released, all the doctors in Cross River State will sit at home.

“Anybody who wants medical treatment should go to the neighbouring states,” he said.

 

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