NMA Ebonyi suspends withdrawal of service by doctors

The Ebonyi state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) on Thursday suspended the three-day withdrawal of services by doctors in government and private hospitals.

The doctors embarked on the action in protest over the kidnapping of their colleague, Dr Pius Manyike, on Sunday, May 5.

Manyike, a consultant paediatrician  with Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki,  was kidnapped by two unidentified gunmen wielding an AK-47 riffle.

The NMA leadership announced the suspension of the action after an emergency meeting in Abakaliki.

The state Chairman of the association, Dr Chidi Esike, directed members of the association to resume normal duty immediately.

He said that the suspension of the action was to provide a safe, secure and an enabling environment for them to operate.

“The NMA commends the prompt response of the state government to our plight.

“We also note that the governor as the chief security officer of the state and the security agencies are doing all possible to have our brother safely released,? he said.

Esike commended members of the association for providing skeletal services at the Accident and Emergency units, Children Emergency rooms and the labour wards during the period of the withdrawal.

“I must say your action is in line with the NMA new policy drive on strike,?  he said.

Enakeno is a journalist and television producer

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