Murder of Nine Health Workers: NMA Intensifies Call for Protection of Health Workers Across Nigeria

NMA President, Osahon Enabulele
By SaharaReporters, New York

Following the reported gruesome murder of nine female anti-polio vaccinators by unidentified gunmen in Unguw Uku area of Kano, the Nigerian Medical Association [NMA] has called on governments in the country to strengthen the protection of health workers in public health facilities.

In a statement by its National President, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, the NMA condemned the murder of the workers, describing it as a reminder of Nigeria’s abysmal state of insecurity, social dislocation and depravity.

“The NMA totally deprecates this unfortunate villainous act of murder, especially coming at a time when Nigeria is struggling very hard to drop her gold medal in polio, being one of three remaining countries where polio is endemic,” he said.  “In 2012, Nigeria was reported to have 121 out of 222 polio cases in the world, way ahead of countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan.”

He bemoaned the negative attitude to the vaccination against polio by a section of the country, and called for the intensification of health enlightenment and outreach campaigns in order to demystify the myths surrounding Polio vaccination.

The NMA, Dr. Enabulele said, considers the slain polio vaccinators as heroes in the war against polio in Nigeria and symbols of implementation of the Child Survival Strategies.

Full text of the Press Statement

NMA DECRIES THE MURDER OF FEMALE HEALTH WORKERS/POLIO VACCINATORS IN KANO !!!

It was with deep pain, shock and consternation that the President of the NMA, Dr.Osahon Enabulele, and entire membership of the Nigerian
Medical Association learnt of the cruel murder of innocent female health workers/polio vaccinators in Kano by unknown gunmen, while preparing to commence their assigned duties of administering polio vaccines to the children in the communities of Hotoro and Undwauki respectively.
The NMA totally deprecates this unfortunate villainous act of murder, especially coming at a time when Nigeria is struggling very hard to drop her gold medal in polio, being one of three remaining countries where polio is endemic. In 2012, Nigeria was reported to have 121 out of 222 polio cases in the world, way ahead of countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan.
It was therefore a great shock that the female health workers were murdered in the course of vaccinating Nigerian children against polio.

The murder of the female health workers is a further reminder of Nigeria’s abysmal state of insecurity, social dislocation and depravity. It also further exposes the high level of insecurity of healthcare workers in Nigeria, as well as the persisting misconceptions about polio vaccination.

The NMA deeply condoles the families of the slain health workers and all those injured during the shooting incidence, and calls on governments at all levels to step up efforts at redressing the rising state of insecurity, as well as incessant and mind boggling violence and mayhem unleashed on Nigerians on a daily basis.
In particular, NMA calls on government at Federal, State and Local levels to urgently provide greater security cover for healthcare workers in all public health facilities in Nigeria. We restate our earlier call on governments at all levels to provide effective police/security post in all public health facilities in Nigeria.
NMA also calls for intensification of health enlightenment and reach out campaigns to demystify the myths surrounding Polio vaccination.

NMA considers the slain polio vaccinators as heroes in the war against polio in Nigeria and symbols of implementation of the Child Survival
Strategies.

We also deeply commiserate with the Government and people of Kano State over the most unfortunate incidence as well as the Minister of Health and the Minister of State for Health over the tragic murder of these innocent Nigerians/polio vaccinators.

We fervently pray God in his abundant grace, to comfort and strengthen their families and all Nigerians during this admittedly difficult period of mourning.

May God grant the gentle souls of the slain female health workers eternal and peaceful rest in his bosom.  Amen.

Adieu! Adieu!! Adieu!!!

Dr. Osahon Enabulele
President, Nigerian Medical Association

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Ironical!

It is an irony that the one who wants to save life has life snuffed out of him/her!

YET THEY WANT BUHARI FOR

YET THEY WANT BUHARI FOR THEIR SHARIA-NIZED NORTH

Nigeria is not a Country but a Continent. Break up NOW!

...all ye deaf & dumb people! ...are ye so daft that thou knowest not that Nigeria is not a country?....how can same countrymen go to places of worship in the early morning at Church services and at night during Night vigils to kill The preacher & congregation with AK47 rifles as well as ambushing those who manage to escape? How can people, same country men, go to a place of worship & detonate cheap IEDs & grenades dangerous enough to kill worshippers as was the case in Kano? Surely, this will not happen in a country. But despite this provocation by the unproductive North, the Yoruba West have aligned with Bharam & invited them to Lagos. First,the West were forced into Islam when Illorin became a Northern colony and now, they've been conscripted into Bharam. Such is the gullibility of cowardice & what Fashola irresistibly yet understandably succumbed to. The time for SS&SE breakaway is NOW. Long live United Rep of SS&SE

Mr. President must wake up

This should be seen as a clarion call for Nigeria to wake up. Mr. President must wake up from his slumber and act more aggressively against this sect that enjoys bathing themselves with the blood of the innocents. Never had any strong leader negotiated with criminals, so is Mr. President advised to abstain from all sort of negotiations with Boko Haram. The country is in a state of total confusion, our leaders really do not know what to do - only if they could tackle social problems and not public funds. No hope for the common man. One can easily perceive from the tone of the condolence letter by Dr. Osahon Enabulele that lacking is any hope of apparent solution; at least not so soon. Can somebody reconnect the Man - Jonathan - with his Mind?

Protect anyone who is not muslim, not just medical personnel

The trend now is to seek protection for medics. But just about any non-muslim is at risk in Northern Nigeria. Hundreds are fleeing. I wish there is a government in Nigeria that could protect the law abiding citizens. But is Nigeria really a country?

Protect anyone who is not muslim, not just medical personnel

The trend now is to seek protection for medics. But just about any non-muslim is at risk in Northern Nigeria. Hundreds are fleeing. I wish there is a government in Nigeria that could protect the law abiding citizens. But is Nigeria really a country?

@ Otile

Otile that "50 donkey years" you quoted as German occupation? Remove the "50" before the next word and the word "Years" after the 'd' word. That is just what you are... DONKEY!!!

@ Otile

Otile that "50 donkey years" you quoted as German occupation? Remove the "50" before the next word and the word "Years" after the 'd' word. That is just what you are... DONKEY!!!

The root of islamic Terrorism

The root of islamic Terrorism lies
in islamic clerics.The doctrine these Imams
pass to their followers during the
teaching of Quran and hadith are against
Humanity. This is one of the result!

I must continue to remind

I must continue to remind unbelievers that Divine Justice is at work in Nigeria. You cannot underestimate the prayers of the oppressed people. The cries of Ndigbo will continue to haunt our oppressors all over Nigeria until they atone for their crimes. The Germans were occupied for 50 donkey years until they made atonement for their crime against the Jews. Now the Germans are once again becoming progressive after paying damages for the murder of innocent Jewish people. Can Nigerians learn any such thing? Rather the North & the SW will tell us to forget the genocide. But we will not forget.

What is it that the health

What is it that the health workers can't understand? Dr Datti the overall Mullah, Imam & a respected Islamic cleric warned them not to immunize useless children of the North. Can the do_gooders say they did not know that fatwa was placed on anyone immunizing a useless Arewa child?

Sharia has its own laws incompatible with secular laws. So Nigeria must divide to ensure that law & order is maintained, & sharia Mohammedans are allowed to worship their Baal. Murder, rape, amputations may be odious to us but it meat to the Mohammedans.

so sad

Very unfortunate incident I must say. My worry is no longer on the slain vaccinated but on when this evil that has befall this country will end. I wonder who will be next since this idiots don't have any particular target. Even wild animals are now more trusted to live with than this idiot. Like I know, there is no way you can convince Monkey that Honey is sweeter than Banana, this is because the monkey knows what he wants. My question now is that what does this animals (Killers) want? God help us all

Dr. Osahon Enabulele, This is your Candid Opinion...

Dr. Osahon Enabulele, This is your Candid Opinion, the Killers are implementing sharia law in the North. Watch out if your will hear any condemnation of this act by Buhari or IBB or Ciroma or any of the Politicians-Sharia-Fanatics. They would never condemn it, rather they will buy more guns and bombs for the Killers and pay them with the SS/SE oil money. After all in the name of one Nigeria,more oil wells are already allocated to this same vampires. They speak with one side of their mouth and go back to carry out atrocities in the next hour. The only solution is for us to allow Sharia Republic to emerge for the Sharia States and those who need western education, western medicine, western motor cars, western house, western wives and children to have their own westernized Country!