…demands their immediate release
Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Chairman of Nigerian Medical Association, Rivers State chapter, Dr. Furo Green says his association is unhappy over continuous abduction of his colleagues who he said are not suppose to be treated this way for rendering service to humanity.
Speaking yesterday in his office in Port Harcourt while reacting on the abduction of two medical doctors at the weekend, Dr. Furo begged the abductors to immediately release the two medical doctors to their families.
Dr. Ngorji Denton-West, of West End Clinic located at Victoria street Port Harcourt was kidnapped on Sunday from his clinic while Dr. Teinye Douglas working with Maggie Memorial Specialist Hospital was kidnapped on Saturday.
Dr. Douglas was abducted few days after he returned from United Kingdom (UK).
It was gathered that the abductors are yet to contact their various families and no ransom has been placed on them.
Dr. Furo regretted that despite the 21 doctors abducted last year the kidnappers still chase them around, adding that security agency and the general public must come to their rescue before the health system in Rivers State collapsed.
He called on their abductors to consider the kind of service being rendered by affected doctors and immediately free them, stressing that it is a bad signal to have a society where doctors are being kidnapped for ransom.
He said: “We are not happy over what is happening to our colleagues, we have become a target, at the weekend two of our colleagues were kidnapped. Last year alone about 21 doctors were abducted, some of them died in the hand of their abductors.
“The public must assist us, we are saying this not because we are peculiar or special people but because of the kind of service we rendered to the public. If you kidnap one doctor you have kidnapped 3,500 patients. This is how important we are and we must not be an endanger species.”