Doctors begin strike as gunmen kidnap colleague in Calabar

Cross River State Doctors have begun an indefinite strike following the kidnap of a medical doctor in Calabar, the state capital.

Dr. Inyama Marcus was said to have been abducted on Thursday night on his way from a church meeting in Akpabuyo.

In a communique issued by the state branch of the Nigerian Medical Association and jointly signed by its Chairman, Dr. Agam Ayuk, and Secretary, Dr Ezoke Epoke, the group said, “The unfortunate incident took place on Thursday, 18th July around 7:00 p.m. while he was driving back home from his church meeting with his family at Ikot Effio, Akpabuyo LGA.

“This undoubtedly has psychological trauma and emotional destabilisation for members of his family and NMA-CRS.”

It said in view of Marcus’ continued incarceration, “NMA-CRS has proceeded on a total and indefinite withdrawal of medical services in both private, public and institutional hospitals in the state.

“The total and indefinite action will continue until our colleague is released unconditionally.”

Following incessant kidnapping of doctors in the state, Dr Ayuk had threatened that any time their member was kidnapped, doctors in the state would go on strike.

The State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo, also said, “We are not aware of any incident and nobody has reported anything like that to us.”

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