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Cross River NMA calls off strike, plans donation of hand sanitisers to hospitals

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The Cross River State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called off the indefinite strike it embarked upon two weeks ago over the abduction of the wife of its member, Mrs. Christiana Ekanem.

Besides, the association is to donate hand sanitisers to hospitals in the state as part of measures to curb the Coronavirus pandemic.

The decisions come two days after the release of captive, who was seized from her home in Calabar on March 10 this year.

The announcement was contained in a statement issued yesterday by the state NMA chairman and secretary, Drs. Agam Ayuk and Ezoke Epoke, in Calabar.

The association called on the Governor Ben Ayade administration to tackle the prevailing insecurity in the state, noting that the spate of kidnapping and other forms of security issues had affected businesses in Cross River.

Besides the donation of hand sanitisers, Ayuk said the NMA was working with other medical bodies, including the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, and the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, to ensure hospitals observe standard operating procedures in the quest to guarantee the safety of healthcare workers.

The statement read: “The indefinite withdrawal of medical services in both private and public hospitals across the state is hereby suspended and medical and dental practitioners in Cross River are directed to resume duties immediately.

“The association remains grateful to everyone who supported the family and the association to ensure her safe release.


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