BY SUNNY A. DAVID

A kidnapped medical doctor (name withheld) in Anambra State has regained his freedom according to the state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA).The body, while rising from its annual general meeting/scientific conference held at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Awka, Anambra State, where it elected new officers, with Dr Jane Ezeonu as chairman, commended the state governor, Prof. Chukukwuma Soludo, for his role in promptly mobilising security agents who rescued its member within 12 hours of his abduction.The association, however, advised its members to be more security conscious as they strive to provide round-the-clock health care services to the citizenry.The NMA urged government to continue in its efforts in improving the security situation in the state, assuring of its continued partnership with the government in improving healthcare services in the state, and pledging continued willingness to protect the interests and well-being of doctors in the state.The association had earlier held its 4th Late Emeritus Prof. Festus Aghagbo Nwako Memorial Lectures, with the theme “Excellence in health care delivery”, with the lecture topic, “The umblicus: The paediatric surgeons’ perspective,” delivered by emeritus professor Nene Agugua-Obianyo.According to the association, “The Nigerian Medical Association, Anambra State branch, expresses her profound gratitude to the Anambra State government, under the leadership of His Excellency, Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo, for the role they played in promptly mobilising security agents who effectively rescued our colleague within 12 hours of his kidnapping last Tuesday within the state. We equally appreciate the honourable commissioner for health, Dr. Afam Ben Obidike, for being ever accessible and dependable, serving as an effective link between the state government and health care workers.“While we, however, advise our members to be more security conscious even as we strive to provide round-the-clock health care services to the citizenry, we also urge the state government to continue in their positive efforts towards improving the security situation in the state.“We also wish to express our resolve to continue to protect the interest and well-being of doctors in Anambra State, just as we are ready to continue to partner with the state government in improving health care services.”Part of the activities during the meeting was the election of new state officers ably led by Dr. Jane Ezeonu, a consultant public health physician at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, NAUTH, Nnewi, to pilot the affairs of the NMA in the state for the next two years.Dr. Ezeonu succeeded Dr. Jide Onyekwelu, who was recently elected as secretary general of the NMA.

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