By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€”Â PATIENTS were stranded yesterday at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital as doctors in the hospital protested the brutal murder of one of their colleagues, Dr Chinda Igondah, on Sunday by unknown gunmen.
The protesting doctors marched through some major streets in Port Harcourt before arriving at Government House.
Dr Chizundu Alikor, who spoke for the protesters, said the deceased doctor was in the Surgery Department of the hospital, and was murdered on his way back from work.
The doctors called on security operatives to unravel those behind the brutal and callous assassination.
They said in recent times, doctors had become target of abductions in the state, adding that the protest was to draw attention to the challenges of insecurity facing doctors in the state.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Sampson Parker, who received the protesting doctors, sympathised with them over the mindless murder and assured that the state government would continue to do its best to promote the new found atmosphere of peace in the state.
He said the government would assist security operatives to unmask the killers of late Dr Igondah, noting also the effort of the state government in bringing peace to the state.