Health Journalists Express Worries Over Abduction of 2 Nurses in Kaduna ….calls for their immediate release

By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna

Health4All Media Initiative otherwise known as HAMI, has expressed worries over the kidnapp of two Nurses at the General Hospital, Idon in Kajuru local government area in the early hours of Thursday.

HAMI, in a statement signed by the Secretary, Shola Ojo, also called for their immediate release and that of other innocent Nigerians held in captivities across the state.

The Medical Director of the facility, Doctor Shingyu Shamnom, had confirmed the abduction of the two nurses, whose details were yet to be released.

According to him, the nurses were on night shift when the gunmen suspected to be bandits stormed the facility in a commando manner and whisked them to yet to be identified destination.

HAMI is a group of seasoned health journalists who cut across electronic, print and new media working in collaboration with civil society and non-governmental organisations on improved healthcare service delivery in Kaduna State and Nigeria as a whole.

“HAMI is worried about this development because it was coming at a time the media, civil society and development partners are working hard with the Kaduna State Government to ensure the availability and affordability of medical services across the state.

“Unpleasant statistics by NURHI (Impact Now) and other researchers that Kaduna State loses 1,025 reproductive age women out of every 100,000 live births around pregnancy complications some of which occur as a result of non-availability of health workers at some primary health care centres after sunsets, call for a sober reflection.” The statement said.

The added “we call on individuals, corporate entities and other prime movers, to reason with us and support the state government with technological devices that can improve security in our hospitals, schools and other public infrastructure as a deliberate sustainable development.

“We call on the persons responsible for these attacks and their promoters to shift ground and allow innocent armless Nigerians who are struggling daily to earn a legitimate living to survive.

“We call on the Kaduna state government and security apparatuses to be more proactive by way of encouraging safe local intelligence gathering so they can step up their games ahead of sophisticated crimes in their areas of jurisdiction.”

They warned that failure to take steps in protecting health facilities in good time will further hinder availability and accessibility to health care services during armed conflict and civil disturbances thereby skyrocket the already worsening health statistics in Sub-Sahara Africa.

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