Chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives in Benue State, Esther Akpai, on Monday said the lives of nurses in the state were under threat from kidnappers.
Akpai, who reported that four members of the association in the state had been abducted, with one killed.
The NANNM chief lamented that neither the state government nor security agencies had come to their aid.
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.”