By Asmau Ahmad
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria has condemned the murder of a physician, Dr Uyi Iluobe, in Oghara, Delta State, while he attended to a patient in his hospital.
The PSN President, Prof. Cyril Usifoh, made his position known in Lagos on Wednesday, in a condolence message signed by Felix Ndiukwu and sent to the President of the Nigeria Medical Association.
Usifoh decried attacks on healthcare professionals and called on the authorities to prioritise the protection of life.
He said, “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 with reckless abandon without adequate response from the government and its array of security agents.
“This development, if unchecked, leaves healthcare personnel vulnerable to the unending brain drain which continues to afflict 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.”