April 20, 2024

WMA President Decries Violence Against Health Workers Globally

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…Condoles with Alenkhe over mother’s demise

By Simeon OSAJIE

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The President of the World Medical Association (WMA), Dr. Osahon Enabulele, has ascribed violence at workplace against physicians, increased workloads and mental burnout as factors subsequent to the brain drains in the health sector globally.

Enabulele who led other members of the medical practitioners in Edo State in a Courtesy Visit to Edo NUJ executive led by Comrade Festus Alenkhe, said violence against health workers at their places of work is getting out of hand and that measures should be implemented to checkmate the unpleasant trend across the globe.

He said it was so pitiful that the health workers, who worked diligently and risked their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that the virus is truncated, were highly stigmatized in some parts of the countries.

According to the President of WMA, “during the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic, landlords in some parts of the countries were skeptical in giving their houses to doctors to rent because they thought they could possibly contract the virus from them.

“If the ugly drift is not arrested and gripped in the bud, a lot of health practitioners might work out of their profession.

“Now that I’m familiar with the root causes of the problem in the health sector; I am willing to partner the Nigeria Union of Journalists in addressing the challenges across the globe.”

While speaking on the forthcoming general elections in the country, Dr. Enabulele appealed to Nigerians to look beyond the immediate and personal gains but to look at the future, just as he challenged them to look out for the candidates’ health manifestos before casting their votes.

He said Nigerians should not cast their votes for the candidates who do not have health manifestos.

Responding, chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Edo State Council, Mr. Festus Alenkhe, congratulated the President, World Medical Association (WMA) for making the country proud globally.

He also commended the health workers for their roles in curtailing the COVID-19 pandemic globally.

Earlier during the courtesy visit, the WMA President, Dr. Osahon Enabulele also used the avenue to condole with Comrade Festus Alenkhe Chairman, Edo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ) over the demise of the matriarch of the Alenkhes dynasty, Madam Rose Alenkhe.

Recall that the death of Madam Rose Alenkhe was announced by the Edo State Council of the NUJ through its secretary, Comrade Andy Egbon on 7th of November, 2022 after a brief illness.

Dr. Enabulele who was accompanied by some members of the medical practitioner in Edo State, said Madam Rose Alenkhe lived a fulfilled life and admonished Comrade Festus Alenkhe and his siblings to take solace in the fact that their mother left a legacy which the children should emulate.

According to the President of WMA, “Madam Rose Alenkhe lived a fulfilled life. We cannot question God on her demised but at the same time, we cannot stop you (Festus Alenkhe) from crying over the death of your beloved mother, but take solace in the fact that she lived a legacy should we enjoin you and your siblings should emulate.

“We have every right to mourn and cry over the demise of your beloved mother, but at the same time, we cannot stop you from cry over the death of your mother. We know it is painful to lose a mother, but you should be rest assured that we will be there for you. Feel free to contact us when the need arises and we shall be there for you.”

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