Cross River doctors embark on strike over kidnap of colleagues

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Doctors in Cross River State have embarked on an indefinite strike over the kidnap of some of their colleagues on Nov. 18.

This was disclosed in a communiqué jointly signed by the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA’s Chairman, Dr Felix Archibong and the Secretary, Dr Amaku Asuquo, after an emergency meeting in Calabar on Monday.

The communiqué stated that its members were abducted on the Ekomita-Uyanga axis of the Calabar Ikom highway.

The abductees were Dr Joshua Omini, a staff of General Hospital in Ugep community, Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River and Dr Ekpo Egong of General Hospital, Calabar.

The communiqué partly read: “Members observed the deplorable state of the road especially from Okomita to Uyanga, all in Akamkpa Local Government Area.

“This deplorable state of the road causes vehicular movement around that area to proceed at minimal speed, hence providing an advantage to these criminal elements to perpetuate their evil intentions.

“NMA in Cross River has embarked on an indefinite strike from Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in solidarity with her members still in the hands of their abductors.

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

“The state government should as a matter of urgency provide security checkpoints and patrol vehicles at vulnerable areas of the road.”

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