The president of the Medical Association of Nigeria (NMA), Dr. Adedayo Faduyile, lamented the kidnapping of doctors in the country.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Faduyile said about 48 members of the association had been kidnapped in the last two years.
The president of the NMA, who spoke at a press conference to commemorate the 2019 Physicians Week in Akure, said doctors in the country had faced challenges such as kidnapping in the line of duty, incessant harassment/assault by on the part of patients and their relationships, the unfortunate mistreatment by low-paid employers.
He added that these challenges have contributed to doctors leaving the country.
“Nigerian doctors decided to celebrate this year with the issue based on the gap identified in the care of this category of patients, especially about the policy framework.
“In the last year, Nigerian doctors have had a significant contribution to improving the health of the nation.
“In this regard, I thank all the doctors who have been working assiduously to ensure that we collectively fulfill our critical responsibilities with the Nigerian state.
“It is worth noting that not everyone has been well with Nigerian doctors; the kidnapping of our members in the performance of their functions in the Nigerian state with some still in captivity.
“Despite the various challenges, Nigerian doctors have continued to provide desirable health care services, and we thank God for another year.
“I want to affirm that it is important to continue striving to improve to improve the Nigerian population,” he said.