Doctors embark on an indefinite strike over kidnap of a colleague in Calabar
The Cross River State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, on Friday, suspended their services in all hospitals in the state following the kidnap of a medical consultant with the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH).
Dr. Marcus Asuquo Inyama was abducted by gunmen on his way home from work last Thursday evening. The victim is a Consultant Haematologist in the hospital.
A statement jointly signed by the Chairman of the NMA in the state, Dr. Agam Ayuk, and Secretary, Dr. Ezoke Epoke, said the strike would continue until Inyama is released safely and unconditionally.
“NMA is not unmindful of the impact of strike action on the good people of the state; however, we cannot continue to save lives while ours is under constant threat by bandits and kidnappers,” the statement read.
Chairman of the Association of Residents Doctors, Dr Imoke Echeng, frowned at the reoccurring menace of kidnapping doctors in the state and called on the government and security agencies in the state to do their best to secure his release and curb the security challenges affecting the good people of the state in line with the vision of Governor Ben Ayade.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo, said the case was yet to be reported.