31 December 2012

Nigeria: Kaduna Medical Association Protests Killing of Members

The Kaduna State Branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Monday cut down its work hours to protest the continued killing of its members by gunmen.

Its Chairman, Dr Aliyu Bappah told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that three medical doctors had been killed by gunmen in the last seven months in the state.

Bappah said the association had directed its 1, 500 members on Monday to cut down their services by 30 minutes, between 12 noon and 12:30 pm every day, for one week.

He said during the protest, the members would observe one minute silence daily for the repose of the souls of the deceased, while 29 minutes would be used to discuss matters relating to their safey.

According to him, the recent killing in Zaria of Prof. Hycinth Mbibu, a Urologist at the ABU Teaching Hospital, Shika was unacceptable to the association.

He recalled that Dr Chris Ugwu of Saidu Dange Hospital Zaria and Dr Andrew Abutu were also shot dead under similar circumstances in Zaria.

The NMA chairman said seven others had survived various attacks by the gunmen within the period, while some had their cars and othe items stolen.

Bappah discosed that the association would meet on Tuesday to discuss the issue and agree on measures to take to safeguard the lives of its members.

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