Doctors protest and condemn assault on colleague in Abuja – TV Channels

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Members of the Medical Association of Nigeria (NMA) protest in Abuja on January 16, 2020. Photo: Channels TV / Sodiq Adelakun.

Members of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Abuja protested the harassment of one of its members by a patient's relative.

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Protesters took to the streets of the nation's capital on Thursday a week after a female doctor was beaten at Maitama District Hospital.

The doctor was reportedly stripped of one of a patient's relatives following his mother's death due to a chronic medical condition.

Protesters marched in numbers to the Federal Capital Development Authority to express their complaint about the incident.

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Some of them carried different posters with various inscriptions, while others called for justice and a safer working environment for the members of the association.

NMA President Ekpe Phillips condemned the incident during an interview with reporters in the nation's capital.

He said: "Patients should commit to their relatives not showing any act of violence to any doctor or health care professional, as doctors are afraid to come to work due to the violent act of some patients."

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Phillips therefore urged Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister Muhammad Bello to put in place appropriate security measures to protect the lives of residents, especially health professionals.

See the photos below:

Members of the Medical Association of Nigeria (NMA) protest in Abuja on January 16, 2020. Photo: Channels TV / Sodiq Adelakun.

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