Ebola: Indian doctors’ passports seized in Nigeria
Ebola: Indian docs’ passports seized in Nigeria, They have claimed that they are being threatened. The doctors have appealed to the Indian government to bring them back home.
New Delhi: Concerns being raised about Indians who are in several West African nations including Nigeria, that have seen several Ebola cases in the past couple of weeks. CNN-IBN has accessed a video plea made by three Indian doctors who are in Nigeria, who have claimed that they are being forced to stay on in Abuja and that their passports have been seized.
They have claimed that they are being threatened. The doctors have appealed to the Indian government to bring them back home.
Sources in the Ministry of External Affairs have told that the High Commission is in touch with the Indian doctors who are in Nigeria. These Indian doctors are working at the Primus Hospital in the capital city of Abuja. MEA sources say that at present there are no cases of Ebola in Abuja.
Meanwhile, the hospital authorities said that the doctors are not being forced to stay on. "These doctors were treating 25 ICU patients and they wanted to leave all this and wanted to go to Indian. I told them to work on humanitarian grounds. We have not seized their passports. I told them if we are doctors, we can't abandon the patients. Ebola is a global issue but there is no case in Abuja," said Sunny Ukachukwuu, Director, Primus International Super Speciality Hospital, Abuja, Nigeria.
However, the family of doctors in Nigeria have claimed that hospital authorities have taken away their passports and are not letting them leave.