On 07/Sep/2019 / In Medical News
The Nigerian Medical Association has expressed concern about doctors’ safety following the security issues in the country. This was contained in a communiqué of the NMA’s National Executive Council meeting in Makurdi, Benue State. The President of the body, Dr Francis Faduyile, who read communiqué, said doctors had become targets for kidnappers and bandits.
Faduyile, who called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the security problems in the country, lamented that Dr Audu Sule and Dr Sunday Oduniyi had yet to be rescued by the police after they were kidnapped in Taraba State six months ago.
He said, “Cases of kidnapped doctors have been rising in the country. We hope that the President will do the needful so that we can continue to render our services. We had to collate the statistics of kidnapped doctors from the different states, and I can tell you it is very fearful.
“Doctors are no longer comfortable in this country, because they have suddenly become targets for abduction. It is important that we address this daily kidnappings in the country.
“We implore all levels of government to reduce to the bare minimum kidnapping, armed robbery and banditry in the country.” The NMA chief said they had resolved to “use doctors’ stamp as an anti-quackery measure”. Faduyile added, “The general public, judiciary, military and paramilitary should insist on doctors’ stamp on medical reports and certificates.
“The NEC called on the Federal Government to rectify the observed anomaly without delay in the implementation of the Emergency Medical Treatment Fund of the five per cent Basic Health Care Provision Fund.” Faduyile said all levels of government had failed to prioritise health by not paying attention to health care financing.
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