By Abujah Racheal, Abuja.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has condemned the killing of a physician, Dr Uyi Iluobe, in Oghara, Delta State, while he was attending to a patient in his hospital.
The PSN conveyed the condemnation in a condolence message signed by its PSN President, Prof. Cyril Usifoh, and sent to the President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).
Usifoh decried attacks on healthcare professionals and called on all relevant authorities to redress the disturbing trend.
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.
“This development, if unchecked, leaves healthcare personnel vulnerable to the unending brain drain, which continues to affect our nation with impending dire consequences.
“I call on the authorities to be deliberate about protecting lives, 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.”