Doctors start indefinite strike in C’River over colleague’s kidnap

Nigerian Medical Association

Doctors in Cross River State, under the aegis of Nigerian Medical Association on Sunday embarked on an indefinite strike, following the abduction of their member on July 13, from her residence in Calabar.

NMA chairman, Dr. Felix Archibong, in a communique after an Emergency General Meeting of the branch in Calabar, announced the strike.

Recalled that on July 13, Dr. Ekanem Ephraim, a medical practitioner with the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH, was abducted from her residence by armed men, who pretended to be patients at 7.30 p.m.

Archibong in the communique, said: “The association, thereafter, resolved to do the following:

“To embark on a total and indefinite withdrawal of medical services effective immediately in solidarity with our member still in the hands of her abductors.

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“This withdrawal of medical service will involve all hospitals in the state both federal, state, private and Mission.

“The State government should activate all necessary instruments at its disposal to ensure the timely and unconditional release of our member in the hands of her abductors.”

The communique added that NMA was not oblivious of the hardship its withdrawal of services would have on the citizens of the state but appealed to the relevant security agencies to ensure a timely release of its abducted member.

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