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Nigeria Medical Association Suspends Strike after Abduction of Member

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Nigeria Medical Association Suspends Strike after Abduction of Member
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Cross River chapter, has decided to suspend their strike after the abduction of Prof. Ekanem Ephraim. The association has given the state government two weeks to rescue their colleague and will review the government's actions in determining their next course of action.

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Cross River chapter, has announced the suspension of their strike which was initiated on July 16th following the abduction of one of its members, Prof. Ekanem Ephraim.

The decision to suspend the strike was made after an emergency general meeting held by the association on Saturday in Calabar. Dr. Felix Archibong, Chairman of NMA chapter, confirmed this development and stated that they gave the state government a two-week ultimatum to secure the release of their colleague.

Although Prof. Ekanem Ephraim has not been released yet, the NMA has decided to suspend the strike as a result of a letter of appeal from Governor Bassey Otu and the advice of the national president of the association. The association hopes that the government will take prompt action to rescue their member.

Dr. Archibong emphasized that the suspension of the strike is in consideration of the suffering of the citizens who rely on medical services. However, the NMA has also made it clear that if any other member is kidnapped in the future, they will resume their strike.

While announcing the suspension, Dr. Archibong expressed the association's appreciation for the progress made in combating kidnapping in the state in recent weeks and urged security agents to maintain their efforts in ensuring safety and minimizing such incidents.

The NMA has fervently prayed for the safe return of Prof. Ekanem Ephraim. However, in the unfortunate event that she is not released alive, the chairman called for the government to provide the necessary support to her family. This includes allowing them time to mourn their loss and taking appropriate actions to address the matter.

In an effort to encourage public assistance, Governor Bassey Otu has placed a bounty of N5 million on the kidnappers. The NMA has urged individuals with valuable information that could lead to the rescue of the abducted neurologist to come forward and assist the authorities in their investigation.

It is disheartening to witness such incidents where healthcare professionals become victims of abduction, compromising their own safety and their ability to serve the public. The NMA's decision to suspend the strike highlights their dedication to ensuring the welfare of their members while also prioritizing the healthcare needs of the community.

As the NMA awaits the government's response, the hope remains that Prof. Ekanem Ephraim will be rescued unharmed, bringing an end to this distressing ordeal.

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