The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has called for improved security and protection of health workers in the country.

Dr Francis Faduyile, the President of the association, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday.

Faduyile expressed dismay with the failure of both the Federal and State Governments to effectively check security lapses and incidences of kidnapping and armed robbery.

Other security lapses, he said, included cattle rustling, banditry and killing of innocent Nigerians by gunmen in the country.

The NMA president stated that health workers were being targeted in many of the areas targeted by the criminals.

“Many of them are kidnapped during the discharge of their duties, while some of them get killed by gunmen,’’ he said.

He, however, called on health workers to pay attention to their personal security in view of the security challenges in the country.

Faduyile also called on governments at all levels and security agencies to urgently up their game and stem the tide of insecurity in the country.

Faduyile called on President Muhammadu Buhari to see his re-election as another opportunity to address the various security challenges confronting the country.

According to him, the president should also address the issue of poor health indices, unacceptable high unemployment rate, hunger and starvation in the land.