The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria ( PSN) has bemoaned the murder of a physician, Dr Uyi Iluobe, in Oghara, Delta, while he attended to a patient in his hospital.
This is contained in a condolence message signed by the PSN President, Prof. Cyril Usifoh, and sent to the President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).
The spokesperson of the society, Felix Ndiukwu quoted Usifoh as decrying attacks on healthcare professionals and called on all relevant authorities to redress the disturbing trend.
“The PSN is seriously alarmed that in recent years, major caregivers including pharmacists, physicians, nurses and laboratory scientists have been murdered in the line of duty.
"This development, if unchecked, leaves healthcare personnel vulnerable to the unending brain drain which continues to affect our nation with impending dire consequences.
“I call on the authorities to be deliberate about protecting life, especially those of professionals and charge them to bring the killers of Dr Iluobe to justice.
"I also condole the slain Dr Iluobe’s family and pray for his soul’s peaceful repose.”
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) had previously reported that Dr Iluobe was murdered by relatives of a patient on December 31, 2022, at Olive Hospital, Oghara, Delta State.
However, the spokesperson of the Delta State Police Command, DSP Bright Edafe, has debunked the rumour saying the medical doctor was killed by cultists and not the patient's relatives.
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