Union shuts down Benue General Hospital as kidnappers seize four nurses, kill one


Members of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) in Benue State are now living in apprehension following the abduction of four members of the union, with one of them killed.

The state’s chairman of NANNM, Esther Akpai, said this on Monday, lamenting that the lives of nurses in the state were under threat from kidnappers.

She decried the inaction of the state government nor security agencies on their challenge.

Akpai said the state-owned General Hospital in Katsina Alla was shut down on the union’s advice following the security situation in the troubled town.

The union leader said, “Last year two nurses working at the Federal Medical Centre Makurdi and Katsina Alla were abducted. One health worker was killed during the crisis in Katsina Alla.

“Due to the crisis in Katsina Alla, we advised the Health Management Board to close down the General Hospital.

“Yet they (criminals) are still running after nurses in Katsina Alla.”

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