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Nigeria Medical Association Suspends Strike After Abduction of Neurologist

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Nigeria Medical Association Suspends Strike After Abduction of Neurologist
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Cross River chapter, has decided to suspend its ongoing strike, which started after the abduction of one of its members, Professor Ekanem Ephraim. The association has given the state government a two-week ultimatum to rescue their colleague before embarking on further actions. Despite the suspension of the strike, the NMA emphasized that any future incidents of kidnapping would result in restarting the strike. The association is calling on the government to step up security measures.

After weeks of strike action and growing concerns over the safety of healthcare practitioners in Cross River, the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has decided to suspend its strike following the abduction of one of its members, Professor Ekanem Ephraim, a prominent neurologist from the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.

The strike, which commenced on July 16, was aimed at drawing attention to the insecurity faced by medical professionals in the region. However, the NMA has now chosen to suspend the strike after an emergency general meeting held in Calabar on Saturday.

Dr. Felix Archibong, the Chairman of the NMA chapter, made the announcement after deliberations with association members. He disclosed that the state government had been given a two-week window to secure the release of their abducted colleague. At the end of this period, the NMA will reconvene to evaluate the government's actions and make decisions regarding future actions.

Although the kidnapped doctor has not yet been released, the NMA decided to suspend the strike due to an appeal letter received from Governor Bassey Otu and the advice of the national president of the association. The welfare of the suffering citizens played a significant role in this decision.

Dr. Archibong stated, "We are appealing to security agents to step up and maintain the momentum that has been established in the last few weeks, which has reduced cases of kidnapping in the state."

The NMA chairman also expressed the association's hopes for the safe return of the abducted neurologist. However, he emphasized that if any of their members are kidnapped again, the strike will resume immediately.

Regarding the kidnapped doctor, the association believes that if she is not found alive, the government should put in place appropriate measures to provide closure for her immediate family and loved ones.

Dr. Archibong called on the public to come forward with any valuable information that could lead to the rescue of Professor Ephraim. Governor Bassey Otu has reportedly offered a reward of N5 million for anyone with information on the whereabouts of the kidnappers.

As the strike is temporarily suspended, the NMA is urging the government and security agencies to prioritize the safety of medical professionals. The association aims to prevent further incidents and safeguard the lives of healthcare practitioners, who are critical for the well-being of the state's citizens.

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