Tony Okafor, Awka
A kidnapped medical doctor(name withheld) in Anambra State has regained freedom according to the state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association ( MNA)
The body while rising from its Annual General Meeting/Scientific Conference, held at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital(COOUTH) Awka, Anambra State, where it elected new officers, with Dr Jane Ezeonu, as Chairman.
It commended the state Governor, Prof Chukukwuma Soludo for his role in promptly mobilising security agents who rescued its member within 12 hours of his abduction .
The association however, advised its members to be more security conscious as they strive to provide round -the-clock healthcare services to the citizenry.
NMA urged government to continue in its efforts in improving the security situation in the state, assuring of its continued partnership with the government in improving healthcare services in the state, pledging continued willingness to protect the interest and wellbeing of doctors in the State.
The association had earlier held its 4th Late Emeritus Prof. Festus Aghagbo Nwako Memorial Lectures, with the theme, “Excellence in Healthcare Delivery”, with the lecture topic as “The Umblicus : The Paediatric Surgeons perspective” delivered by Emeritus Prof. Nene Agugua-Obianyo.
According to the association, “The Nigerian Medical Association Anambra State Branch, expresses her profound gratitude to the Anambra State Government, under the leadership of His Excellency Prof Chukwuma Charles Soludo for the role they played in promptly mobilising security agents who effectively rescued our colleague within 12 hours of his kidnap last Tuesday, within the State.
“We equally appreciate the Hon. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Afam Ben Obidike for being ever accessible and dependable, serving as an effective link between the State Government and healthcare workers.
“While we however, advise our members to be more security conscious even as we strive to provide round the clock healthcare services to citizenry, we also urge the state government to continue in their positive efforts towards improving the security situation in the State.
“We also wish to expressed our resolve to continue to protect the interest and wellbeing of doctors in Anambra State, just as we are readiness to continue to partner with the State Government in improving healthcare services.
Part of the activities during the AGM, was the election of new State officers ably led by Dr. Jane Ezeonu, a Consultant Public Health Physician at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, NAUTH, Nnewi, to pilot the affairs of NMA in the state for the next two years.
Dr Ezeonu succeeded Dr. Jide Onyekwelu, who was recently elected as Secretary General of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA)