Some gunmen have kidnaped a medical doctor identified as Dr Jerry Isogun, who is also the President, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD DELSUTH Oghara, Delta State.
This was confirmed in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Association, Harrison Adja, on Thursday.
According to the statement, Dr. Isogun was kidnapped on Wednesday night while on his way from his primary place of assignment in Oghara, to Sapele where he lives.
The association also disclosed that an attempt had been made on their colleagues last month, and another one escaped the same kidnappers just about 20minutes before the president was kidnapped.
With the increase in the spate of kidnapping around the Oghara-Sapele-Warri and Oghara-Benin axis, the association has called on the government to come to their aid.
“We are therefore calling on delta state government, security agents, chairmen of the adjoining LGAs, and traditional rulers to beef up security around these areas, to forestall such happening in the future.
“We are also calling on the Federal Government to ensure that these roads are fixed as a matter of urgency to avert future occurrence”.
Medical activities have been paralysed at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Delsuth, Oghara.
This is owing to the striking doctors who have complained of non implementation of Senior Registers’ Salary, non payment of Junior Resident Doctors’ Salaries; insecurity in Oghara and insufficient wards to accommodate increasing number of patients, among other issues.
President of the Association of Resident Doctors in Delsuth, Dr. Okocha says he and his colleagues are committed to quick resolution of issues, and therefore called on the management of the institution to intervene in the pending issues.
Gynaecologists and Obstetricians have been challenged by the Delta State Governor, Mr Emmanuel Uduaghan, to strive towards improving the health conditions of pregnant women and their new born babies in the country.
Mr Uduaghan, further urged the medical experts to assist in the national efforts to improve maternal and child healthcare across the country.
Speaking during the 48th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON), Mr Uduaghan Informed them that his administration introduced free maternal health care programme in November 2007 to reduce maternal mortality rate in the state.
He further noted that he has introduced the Maternal Death Review State Steering Committee (MDRSSC) for the 62 hospitals in the state including the Delta State Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH), Oghara, describing the measure as “a further testimony of our commitment to save mothers”.
The President of SOGON, Dr. Fred Achem in a welcome address, appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to sign the National Healthcare Bill into law and also urged state governments to adopt the Maternal Death Review Programme as provided by the United Nation.
Gynaecologists that had distinguished themselves during the year were presented with awards during the meet.