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

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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.

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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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