Wednesday 5 May 2021

Insecurity: UGONSA urges FG to protect health workers



The University Graduates of Nursing Science Association( UGONSA) has called on the Federal government to protect health workers in order to enhance their optimal health care services.

The National President of the association, Chief Solomon Egwuenu made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abakaliki.

He said that the recent attacks on nurses and other health workers in the country were worrisome,  discouraging, and poses an inherent danger in the health sector.

NAN recalls that gunmen late last month kidnapped two nurses who worked overnight at the General hospital in Idon, Kajuru Local Government of Kaduna State.

NAN also recalls that another nurse, Mrs. Queeneth Alozie was within the same period assassinated in Umuahia, Abia State.

Egwuenu wondered why nurses and other health workers who were trained to protect lives should themselves be the victims of cruel murder and kidnap.

"We cannot figure out why a healthcare professional should be brutally attacked and killed or kidnapped. The development portends danger in the nation’s healthcare delivery.

"We, therefore, call on the federal government and security agencies to protect health personnel from such heinous crimes for improved healthcare delivery in the country.

He described the acts as wicked, barbaric, and unwarranted and tends to mitigate the health sector in rendering efficient and effective services to the patients.

He, however, advised its members to be conscious and guard themselves always while discharging their duty.#

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