The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has lamented the destruction of three hospitals owned by its members in Oyigbo Local Government Area, Rivers State, by members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Describing the destruction as unacceptable and unfortunate, the NMA said the owners of the hospitals were in great pain.
The Chairman of the body, Prof. Chizindu Alikor, who spoke in Port Harcourt, called for support to enable the members to rebuild their hospitals.
Alikor said: “Divine Hospital owned by Dr. Ikeji was burnt down, Salem Hospital owned by Dr. Innocent Owumere was severely vandalized even Heritage Hospital owned by Dr. Abayemi Ogundeji also got its own share of vandalism and some degrees of assault on medical professionals.
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“We as NMA are saying it is absolutely unacceptable because even in seasons of war, the health care providers and doctors are usually not assaulted.
“Hospitals are sacred places that on no account should it be vandalized, our colleagues are in pain, and all of us from the NMA share in that pain.”
He, however, called on the government and security agencies to investigate the matter and provide some relief to the affected doctors.