UNTH doctor kidnapped flees captors' den, according to NMA confirmation

UNTH doctor kidnapped flees captors' den, according to NMA confirmation
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has reported the escape of an abducted resident doctor, Dr Orockarrah Orock assigned to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State.

It was learnt that Orock assigned to the Anasthesia Department of the UNTH was on Saturday night kidnapped within the hospital premises, while on call duty.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu received the confirmation on Monday from Dr. Celestine Ugwoke, the Chairman of the NMA's Enugu State Chapter.

Ugwoke stated that Orock miraculously made his escape after the kidnappers were satisfied with the offer to pay the ransom sought by his wife and gone to have “nice time with their weeds and spirits and fell into deep sleep”.

According to him, the abducted doctor gradually crawled out from the area he was detained in the kidnappers’ den and later walked and raced a distance before noticing human movements and then came out near the Four Corner Junction of Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway.

He contacted his wife, who then dialed the UNTH head security officer, who arrived at midnight on Saturday to pick him up. We are truly grateful to God for his amazing escape,” he said.

The chairman, however, noted that doctors had become endangered professionals in the state, as kidnappers often target them especially those working in tertiary health institutions in the state.

“We are really in trouble as doctors are now their target and we are living in fear as the kidnappers now chase us as if they are chasing rats,” he claimed.

The chairman said that any more abduction of any doctor in UNTH again, doctors in the teaching hospital would fully down tools adding that this warning would be extended to other tertiary hospitals in the state.

Ugwoke added that the association would be meeting with the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of UNTH to mandate him to issue security protocol for the hospital, to assure safety of all doctors, management staff, workers and patients in the hospital

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