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Kano doctors condemn killing of colleagues in Anambra

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The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Kano state branch has condemned the killings of medical doctors in Anambra.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Dr Lawrence Ezenwa, a medical doctor, was recently killed in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State by unknown gunmen.

His death came a few days after the killing of another medical doctor, Dr Chike Akunyili, husband to a former Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, and Minister of information, late Prof. Dora Akunyili.

In a press conference marking the commencement of 2021 Physicians’ Week, held at the NMA secretariat in Kano on Monday, chairman of the association, Dr Usman Ali, also condemned the killings and kidnapping of doctors and other health workers by insurgents.

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The chairman therefore urged the federal government to use its power to rescue medical doctors in captivity of kidnappers and ensure security and safety of health workers in the country.

“We are using this medium to condemn the kidnapping and killing of doctors and other health workers by insurgents. The current killings of doctors in Anambra state is condemned in its strongest terms.

“We again, urge the federal government to do all within its powers to rescue those in captivity while ensuring the security and safety of all the health workers as well as every Nigerian,” he appealed.

Mr Ali also called on state governments to settle the doctors their outstanding payments in order to prevent further frustration among the workforce.

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He explained that the events include prayers in mosques and churches, advocacy to critical stakeholders in all the 36 states and the FCT.

Others, according to him, include medical outreach in Kano North senatorial district, honoring colleagues who have made significant positive contributions to the medical profession and the health sector as a whole, among other programmes.

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