Doctor Still In Kidnappers Den …One Year After …48 Abducted In 2 Years
The Nigerian Medical Association has disclosed that a medical doctor in Rivers State, Dr. Bobmanuel Clerk, who was kidnapped last year is yet to regain his freedom.
The National President of NMA, Dr. Francis Faduyile, disclosed this in his address to mark the 2019 Physician’s Week tagged, ‘Care of the Unknown Patient, an Overview’.
Addressing the press in Port Harcourt on behalf of the President, the Chairperson of the Rivers State Chapter of NMA, Dr. Obelebra Adebiyi, expressed worries that the victim, Bobmanuel, who was kidnapped over a year now has remained in captive.
She pleaded with the kidnappers to unconditionally release the victims to reunite with his family and continue his profession, regretting that doctors were regularly attacked and kidnapped.
Adebiyi, who noted that all have not been with doctors said: “Part of the challenge we are facing in Rivers State other parts of the country is that our members are attacked regularly and kidnapped.
“Like one of our doctors in Rivers State has been in captive for over one year now. We are beginning on his abductors to release him unconditionally.
The President of Nigeria Medical Association, Dr Faduyile, has also lamented the kidnapping of medical doctors in the country.
Faduyile said about 48 members of the association had been kidnapped in the last two years.
The NMA president, who spoke at a news conference to mark 2019 Physicians’ Week in Akure, said doctors in the country have been facing challenges like kidnapping in the line of duty, incessant harassment/assault by patients and their relations, unfortunate maltreatment by employers with poor salaries.
He added these challenges have contributed to doctors leaving the country.
“The Nigerian doctors decided to celebrate this year with the theme based on the identified lacuna in the care of this category of patients, especially in respect of policy framework. In the last one year, Nigerian doctors have had significant input in the improvement of the health of the nation”, he said..
“In this regard, I appreciate all physicians who have been working assiduously in ensuring that we collectively fulfill our key responsibilities to the Nigerian state.
“It is worthy of note that all have not been well with Nigerian doctors; the kidnapping of our members in the course of discharging their duties to the Nigerian state with some still in captivity.
“Despite the various challenges, Nigerian physicians have continued to render desirable health care services, and we thank God for another year. I want to state that it is important to continue to strive to improve ourselves for the betterment of the Nigerian populace,” he said.