Sunday, May 10, 2015

Ekiti doctors go on strike over kidnap of staff


Nigerian Medical Association has declared an indefinite strike to protest the kidnap of a former Chief Medical Director of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Patrick Adegun, and a theatre nurse with the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, Mrs Margaret Aladeneka.

The association said this in a letter to Governor Ayodele Fayose by the Ekiti NMA Chairman, Dr. John Akinbote and the Secretary, Dr. A. Akinyele, where they frowned on the serial kidnap of health workers in the state.

Adegun and his wife, Kikelomo, were kidnapped at about 8.00pm near their residence at Oke Ila in the state capital on Thursday.
Their kidnap came five days after Aladeneka was abducted, while a yet to be identified man was killed during the abduction. There has yet to be communication from the abductors.

According to a copy of the letter sighted by Punch on Saturday, the NMA said it arrived at the decision to withdraw all clinical services in Ekiti State at an Emergency General Meeting held on Friday in Ado Ekiti.
“As a result of the above development, the house unanimously resolved to withdraw all clinical services in Ekiti State until the safety of our members can be guaranteed,” the letter stated.

The Special Assistant to the Governor Ayodele Fayose on Information, Mr Lanre Ogunsuyi, has, however, expressed worry about the situation.
He appealed to the doctors to shelve their resolve to suspend work, saying such step won’t be in the interest of the State, particularly for those with critical ailments.

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