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Doctors, Nurses In Ogun Embark On Strike Over Kidnapped Colleagues

BEVERLY HILLS, April 13, (THEWILL) – The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Ogun State Chapter, has vowed to withdraw its professionals’ services from public health institutions over the continuous kidnapping of its members and the insecurity in the state.

A statement jointly signed by the Chairperson of NANNM, Roseline Solarin, and the state Chair of the Nigerian Medical Association, Oladayo Ogunlaja, said the strike took effect from the midnight of April 13th.

NANNM described recent kidnappings of health workers in the State, as “disheartening, repugnant and unacceptable.”

In a letter addressed to the state Commissioner for Health, NANNM said, a Doctor and a Nurse were abducted on 7th of April 2021 along Imeko-Afon road and up till date, they are still with their abductors.

The association also added that another Dental Therapist was abducted on Monday, 12th, April 2021 on her way to work at Ijebu-Igbo, indicating that the safety of health workers across the state could be guaranteed.

They alleged that the state had not shown any commitment that could facilitate the early release of their members, hence, the decision to down tools.

The letter read: “The recent kidnapping of health workers after rendering their services to the good citizens of Ogun is so disheartening, repugnant and unacceptable.

“Recall that Dr. Oladunni Adetola and Mrs. Bamgbose, a nurse, were precisely abducted on the 7th of April, making it six days in incarceration.

“Also, another dental therapist working at the General Hospital, Ijebu-Igbo, was abducted today on her way to work.

“In the light of these, there is immediate withdrawal of services of our members from all institutions in Ogun until the safety of our members is guaranteed.”