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150 doctors protest kidnap of colleague

Agency Report,

Not less than 150 doctors from private, public, missionary hospitals and tertiary institutions in Cross River State, yesterday, protested in Calabar the kidnap of their colleague, Dr Emem Udoh.

Udoh, a senior registrar in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, was kidnapped on Monday in Calabar.

The doctors, who wore black, threatened on Tuesday to stop work because six of their colleagues and relations had been kidnapped in the last few months.

They had, however, celebrated the release of their colleague, Dr Usang Ekanem, on Sunday.

Ekanem, who works in Cross River College of Education Medical Centre in Akamkpa Local Government Area, was kidnapped on December 26.

The aggrieved doctors, who protested on major streets in Calabar to the Government House, condemned the government’s approach to abduction of doctors in the state.

Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Chairman Dr Effiong Mkpanam said all hospitals would remain closed until their colleague is released.

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

“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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