The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called on the Federal Government to use technology to tackle insecurity in order to improve the efficiency of medical practitioners.
Dr Valentine Omoifo, Chairman of NMA Edo Chapter, made the call in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Benin.
Omoifo said technology and digitalisation in the police force was the only way to put an end to kidnapping, robbery, ritual killing and cultism in the state.
“Insecurity like we all know is a national problem in Nigeria with different dimensions. Coming down to Edo state, insecurity has taken a toll on the healthcare sector.
“Most of the people that have been kidnapped along Ekpoma-Auchi road are doctors. At a time the issue of kidnapping died down, but recently it has risen again. Medical practitioners are scared of going to work in Edo state.
“Not too long ago one of our senior professor came to this state to conduct examinations for some medical students and he was murdered along the expressway.
“For the past four months, over five medical practitioners have been kidnapped. By now with technology, government should be able to provide funds for drones that can be used to patrol the bushes for kidnappers to be exposed.
“The time for community policing is here. Government should work alongside communities, youths, traditional rulers to set up a local community police which could help fight crime in their areas.”
He said the government should employ more policemen to beef up their number, equip the police with material resources and ensure proper remuneration.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Ismail Abdulaziz