Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
MEDICAL Doctor in Rivers State on Wednesday staged a peaceful protest in Port Harcourt demanding improved security for the health sector in the state.
The Doctors, who appeared on black attires marched to the Government House Rivers State, registered their complaints over recurrent attacks on individuals especially the medical practitioners in the state.
It would be recall that a female medical doctor with Braithwaite Memorial Specialists Hospital Port Harcourt, Mrs. Florence Onua, was shot dead last week, Friday, even as Dr. Bob-Manuel Clerk is yet to regain freedom a month after he abducted.
Addressing the Chief of Staff to Governor Nyesom Wike, Engr. Emeka Woke, who received the protesting doctors, the state Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association, Dr. Datonye Alasia expressed worries over attacks on health facilities and personnel in the state.
Alasia called on the government security agencies in the state to step up their security strategies in order to end killing and kidnapping in the state.
He said the level of attacks on residents of the state was too dangerous to the health of the people, noting that number of patients have continued to increase in the health care centers.
Alasia said: “It is a peaceful work, the essence is to make people realize that the human life should be given more value. We see that a lot of our youths are given to violent crime and they do it without conscience and they do it against community leaders, the doctors and others.
“At every level everybody needs to know that human life is valuable and have the consciousness that the community should be free of crime.
“Health care in the state is endangered because of violent attacks. When violence is carried out against a doctor many other people suffer. When a nurse is kidnapped the people she is going to attend to will be abandoned. There should be more proactive plans to make sure that the health facilities and personnel should be given adequate security.”
Responding, the Chief of Staff, Emeka Woke, assured that the complaints of the doctors would be given urgent attention.
Woke noted that insecurity was a global issue but assured that the issue of protection of lives and prosperity, especially that of medical practitioners in the state would be forwarded to the Executive Governor for immediate action.