The Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, have called out President Muhammadu Buhari administration over incessant killings of citizens including its members.
Naija News reports that the medical doctors during a general meeting and scientific conference held in Lokoja, Kogi State, condemned in its totality the spate of the security situation in the country.
Dr Omakoji Simeon Oyiguh, the Kogi State chairman of NMA who spoke with journalists on Tuesday, said Nigerians now sleep with one eye open, stressing that medical practitioners were not spared by the assailants who attack even innocent citizens.
According to him, medical doctors have been kidnapped in their line of duties, while patients they are attending to were left to their fate in the hospital.
Oyiguh called on government at all levels to rise to the occasion in protecting the lives and properties of its citizens, adding that they should come out with a profitable system to avoid brain drain in the medical system.
He said: “We can no longer keep quiet over the gruesome killings around the country. The government must stand up to their responsibility”
While admitting that doctors in the country are facing numerous challenges that need to be attended to urgently, Oyiguh explained that the association will continue to collaborate with relevant agencies to save lives in the State.
The chairman, however, backed the ongoing strike embarked upon by the National Association of Residents Doctors, (NARD).
He explained that doctors cannot function efficiently when their health and safety could not be guaranteed by their employers, just as he maintained that poor remunerations had led to a mass exodus of doctors out of the country.
Speaking further, Oyiguh noted that Nigeria leaders prefer going out of the country for medical tourism instead of building and investing in its health care system for the benefit of all.
On the recent upsurge of diseases outbreak such as Coronavirus, Lassa fever, Marburg virus, Oyeguh warned that all the precautionary measures must be observed by the people.