Medical doctors banned from treating policemen in Zamfara

The Zamfara State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has withdrawn all medical services to Police officers in the state.

NMA announced the directive following the brutalization of a medical doctor by police officers.

The statement was jointly signed by the Chairman of the association Dr. Tijjani Abubakar and Secretary Dr Mannir Bature.

NMA also said they’d be withdrawing medical services to all family members of police officers.

“We write to regretfully tell the general public of the decision of all medical doctors practicing in Zamfara state.

“We will be withdrawing our services to men and officers of Zamfara state command of the Nigeria Police Force.

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“The decision also includes members of their families,” the NMA said.

NMA said the decision became necessary owing to the failure of the police to address the issue of assault on one of their members, Dr. Nasir Aminu.

NMA said the assault was executed by the police patrol team, leading to loss of his several teeth.

“Based on this, we have taken this decision.

“We are therefore advising them to seek medical services elsewhere,” the statement said.

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When contacted, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Shaba Alkali described the decision as unfortunate.

“I have received the letter of their decision and we are now working on how to address the issue.

“I have directed the deputy commissioner of the command to invite them for a meeting on Wednesday,” the commissioner said.

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Dr. Nasiru Aminu was allegedly manhandled by the police in August last year.

Dr. Aminu was commuting from the hospital to his house where police officers beat him, leading to the loss of his teeth.