Kidnapping: NMA Threatens To Withdraw Medical Services In C’ River

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Cross River State has threatened

to withdraw medical services from the state over incessant kidnapping

of its members.

NMA issued the threat in a communique jointly signed by the

association’s Chairman, Dr Agam Ayuk, and the Secretary, Dr Ezoke

Epoke, after its emergency general meeting on Tuesday in Calabar.

The association said that the decision to withdraw its services became

necessary due to increasing cases of kidnapping on its members in the

state.

It recalled that the wife of one of its members was kidnapped on August.

15 and released the following day.

It stated: “The recent kidnap of the spouse of a medical doctor is the

second incident of doctors’ targeted kidnap in Cross River in the past

one month.

“It is noteworthy that in the last 18 months, within Calabar alone,

five doctors and five dependents/family members have been kidnapped at

various times and locations.

“The release of affected victims has been conditional including

payment of ransom in most instances. This has caused great

psychological, emotional and financial distress to the affected

families.

“NMA in Cross River wishes to reiterate that we shall withdraw all

medical services without any notice, anytime a doctor or dependent is

kidnapped.

“Medical doctors cannot continue to save lives while their very lives

and those of their dependents remain under constant threat by

criminals.”

The association said that henceforth, it would demand refunds from the

state government for any conditional release anytime a doctor or

dependents was kidnapped.

The association further said that the resolution became imperative due

to the devastating financial condition hardworking doctors found

themselves due kidnap incidents.

“We wish to remind the state government that it is her duty to provide

adequate security for the citizenry at all times.

“The NMA in Cross River remains fully committed to partnering with the

state government in providing quality healthcare services to the

general populace.

“We therefore, implore the Cross River government to double her

efforts in stemming this new surge of kidnapping in the state,’’ it

said.

The association however, thanked the state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade

and security agencies in the state for their concerted efforts towards

ensuring the safe release of the abducted wife of their member.