By Folasade Akpan
Abuja, June 13, 2022
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has called on Abia State Government and security agencies to redouble their efforts in securing the release of Dr Uwadinachi Iweha.
A statement on Monday by the association’s President, Dr Uche Ojinmah in Abuja, condemned the kidnap of the victim.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 74-year old Iweha, a former Chief Medical Director of Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH) Aba, was kidnapped in front of his house in Umuajameze Umuopara in Umuahia South Local Government Area (LGA) on June 6.
Ojinmah urged the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to create a deliberate policy to prevent the kidnap of doctors, other health care workers and their families as a tool for reduction of the medical brain drain in Nigeria.
”We call on the kidnappers to search their conscience and see if it is right to keep in forced captivity an elder that has spent most of his life in the service of humanity.
”The Nigerian Medical Association is looking forward to receiving the news of the safe release of Dr Iweha.
”We shall not take kindly to anymore waste of scarce medical skills,” Ojinmah said.