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Medical body condemns attack on members

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) says it is disturbed by attacks on its members in the line of duty, as well as health facilities in parts of the country, following the aftermath of the EndSARS protests.

As custodians of the health and well-being of our people and especially, as those whose core mandate is the preservation of lives, we condemn in strongest terms all acts that have led to life-threatening injuries and avoidable loss of lives, the president of the association, Prof Innocent Ujah, said in a statement on Thursday.

He said the violent turn of events over the last 48 hours that greeted the #EndSARS protest was a sad, especially events at Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, in Lagos.

Protesters were shot at by people in army fatigue but the army has since denied the allegation.

Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said one person died.

The NMA commended the setting up Judicial Panel of Inquiry in all the states and FCT and “we are confident that they would dutifully carry out the responsibility”.

The statement directed all branches of the association to suspend ongoing activities of the 2020 Annual Physicians’ Week, as the nation mourns people that died and those that got injured during the #EndSARS protests.

Maureen Eke

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