The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Ekiti State chapter, has withdrawn its members from hospitals in Ekiti State following unresolved kidnappings of its members.
The NMA reiterated its concern over the abduction of its members and others in the state.
The doctors, in a statement made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, said they were suspending their services in hospitals in the state to press home their demand.
In separate letters to the state governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, dated May 18, they said they resolved at their emergency meeting on May 16 to take the step.
They bemoaned what they described as the increasing rate of kidnappings in the state, noting that measures so far taken by the state government and security agencies in the state had not yielded the desired result.
In the letter to the governor, co-signed by the body’s chairman, Dr. John Akinbote and Secretary, Dr. Akinyele Akinwale, the NMA said: “The emergency services aimed at saving lives of citizens in the course of our protest are hereby suspended since the safety of our members offering those services can not be guaranteed.
“Your excellency should speed up quick intervention of the Inspector General of Police since we gathered your commendable petition had already been sent to his office. We shall resume full clinical duties only after we are able to ascertain visible security measures to protect people of Ekiti State and the unconditional release of those kidnapped.”
In the second letter written to the IGP and signed by the same people, the medical body listed persons already kidnapped in the state and reiterated its earlier call for a complete overhauling of the security aparatus in the state.
They said they called for the measures “in order to guarantee the unconditional release of those abducted as well as the security of the citizenry in Ekiti State.”
The NMA also notified the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH); Dr Kola Ogundipe; CMD, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido (FETHI), Dr. Lawrence Ayodele; Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of f Health, Ekiti State, Ekiti State Council of Obas, and the National President, NMA.”