The resident doctor, Dr Orockarrah Orock, attached to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in Enugu State, has escaped from his abductors after they slept off.
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Chairman, Enugu State chapter, Dr Celestine Ugwoke, confirmed the escape.
The chairman said that his colleague, who was kidnapped from the hospital vicinity on Saturday night, escaped after his abductors fell asleep after smoking and drinking after finishing negotiating his ransom with his wife.
He further, explained that Dr. Orock crawled away from where he was kept in the kidnappers’ den and ran a distance before sighting human activities near the Four Corner Junction of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway where he called his wife to pick him up.
The NMA chair decried the dangers surrounding the doctors as professionals as kidnappers target them, especially those working in tertiary health institutions.
His words: “We are really in trouble as doctors are now their target and we are living in fear as the kidnappers now chase us as if they are chasing rats,” he said.
The chairman warned that “any more abduction of any doctor in UNTH, doctors in the teaching hospital will totally down tool”, he concluded that this warning would be extended to other tertiary hospitals in the state.