Nigerian Medical Association has declared an
indefinite strike to protest the kidnap of a former
Chief Medical Director of Ekiti State University
Teaching Hospital, Dr. Patrick Adegun, and a
theatre nurse with the Federal Teaching Hospital,
Ido Ekiti, Mrs Margaret Aladeneka.
The association said this in a letter to Governor
Ayodele Fayose by the Ekiti NMA Chairman, Dr.
John Akinbote and the Secretary, Dr. A. Akinyele,
where they frowned on the serial kidnap of health
workers in the state.
Adegun and his wife, Kikelomo, were kidnapped at
about 8.00pm near their residence at Oke Ila in
the state capital on Thursday.
Their kidnap came five days after Aladeneka was
abducted, while a yet to be identified man was
killed during the abduction. There has yet to be
communication from the abductors.
According to a copy of the letter sighted by our
correspondent on Saturday, the NMA said it
arrived at the decision to withdraw all clinical
services in Ekiti State at an Emergency General
Meeting held on Friday in Ado Ekiti.
“As a result of the above development, the house
unanimously resolved to withdraw all clinical
services in Ekiti State until the safety of our
members can be guaranteed,” the letter stated.
The NMA had earlier raised the alarm over
incessant harassment and attacks of doctors and
other health workers in the state calling on the
state government and law enforcement agencies
to curtail the incidents.
It also called on the government to expedite
action on the implementation of the adjusted
revised Consolidated Medical Salary Scale
Circular issued by the Federal Government since
January 1, 2014.
The Special Assistant to the Governor Ayodele
Fayose on Information, Mr Lanre Ogunsuyi, has,
however, expressed worry about the situation.
He appealed to the doctors to shelve their resolve
to suspend work, saying such step won’t be in
the interest of the State, particularly for those
with critical ailments.
Ogunsuyi said, “Police and the state government
will make Ekiti secure for health workers and
every worker in the state. We will put in place
good measures for people to be able to move