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THE NIGERIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION RIVERS STATE CARRIES OUT A FREE MEDICA OUTREACH FOR THOSE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES IN COMMEMORATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS LIVING WITH DISABILITIES (IDPD)201900

THE NIGERIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION RIVERS STATE CARRIES OUT A FREE MEDICA OUTREACH FOR THOSE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES IN COMMEMORATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS LIVING WITH DISABILITIES (IDPD)2019

Since 1992, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been annually observed on 3rd December around the world. The theme for this 2019 IDPD is:

*Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda’.*

The theme focuses on the empowerment of persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to ‘leave no one behind’ and recognizes disability as a cross-cutting issues, to be considered in the implementation of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

As usual, the Nigerian Medical Association, Rivers State commemorates the IDPD 2019 (3rd December, 2019) with a Free Medical Outreach for those living with disabilities at the NMA Rivers Secretariat.

Doctors are encouraged to volunteer and reach out to those living with disabilities in our society. Free Medical Outreach for those living with disabilities starts by 10am at the NMA House, KM 16, East-West Road, Rivers State.

Thanks for the read.

*Precious Anuonyeh*
*PRO-NMA R/S*

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HAPPY MEMORIES ARE FOREVER, LOOKING BACK AT PHYSICIANS’ WEEK 2018

*HAPPY MEMORIES ARE FOREVER, LOOKING BACK AT PHYSICIANS’ WEEK 2018*

Happy Memories are awesome when revisited. The best National Physicians’ Week in modern NMA history was organized by NMA Rivers on October, 2018. Save this happy memory by clicking links below.

For pictures from Opening Ceremony and Thanksgiving, please click link below
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=11JsEWxBe8NPFgXKtdmWx-MOJ4dPJds95

For Pictures from the Port Harcourt Outreach, please click link below
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=13Y79egced_jhtOVZScMgWUYCLjATtvBQ

For pictures from the Abua Outreach, please click link below
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=10vsxRYNkmaw5KGtZ3VI6sht8BmM3_A42

For pictures from the Young Doctors Day, please click link below
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1MhVjsSFatQhezvhMf2wuEsrFb6kXneti

Happy Memories are better saved.

#DoctorsUnited

Precious Anuonyeh,
PRO-NMA R/S.

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ABOUT THE 2019 AGM

The Nigerian Medical Association- Rivers state chapter held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) from the 4TH – 10TH AUGUST 2019.

Its stated events ran smoothly as planned.

Prior to the commencement of the outlined programs, a preparatory event to kick-off the AGM, tagged ”Walk with Doctors” took place at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Elekahia. Which Involved Doctors from hospitals across Rivers State.

Marking the opening of the AGM, a thanksgiving service held at First Baptist Church, 93 Aggrey road, Port Harcourt. Where the activities for the coming week were duly placed in the hands of the Almighty God, in retrospect to his unfailing Grace.

The week began with a prompt closed-door Press conference. Holding at the NMA House, it involved several Media houses, Radio stations and a Live Internet stream. In general, the Chairman, Dr Mrs Obelebra Adebiyi highlighted the basics and put into perspective the essential motion behind the AGM, stating clearly the importance of Doctors working in unison.

On the third day, the AGM opened properly. All Protocols were observed.

The Rivers State Governor, His Excellency Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, invited as a Special Guest of Honour was duly represented by his Deputy, Her Excellency Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo, who also served as the mother of the day. In attendance were; The Keynote Speaker Dr Nnenna Ezeigwe, Dr Francis Adebayo Faduyile (NMA National President), Prof. Nelson Nelson Brambaifa (Acting Managing Director, NDDC), The Chairman, NMA, Rivers State, Dr Mrs Obelebra Adebiyi and a host of others including Doctors, Medical Practitioners and the General Public.

Several Medical products were exhibited by various trusted Pharmaceuticals.

A Scientific Conference took place, with Professors from Varying Medical fields shedding considerable light on different critical Topics that affect the immediate society.

SOME INCLUDE;

  • Gingival Bleeding among Nigerians.
  • Oral Contraceptive Pills.
  • Oral Health Practice.
  • Respiratory Symptoms and Lung Function.

The Fifth day of the AGM saw the presentation of the Annual Report, dating from August 2018 – August 2019. Booklets distributed amongst those in attendance showed comprehensive statements on how funds were allocated and spent within and outside the Secretariat of the Nigerian Medical Association, Rivers State Branch. Presented by the Financial Secretary, Dr Olaka W. Ebienju, here he assured the House that all funds generated was used effectively, producing substantial changes in all areas. Evidently, the picturesque state of the NMA Building, Its holding capacity and Jolly nature of its Staff cannot be overlooked.

The Sixth day saw a host Doctors carry out several Free Medical exercises at designated Hospitals/Locations within Port Harcourt and its environs. Medical advice, diagnoses were rendered, drugs were administered and distributed at no cost at all. At the Apex of the Outreach were Surgical Operations carried out on patients, especially those who are less privileged. This further solidifies Patient-Doctor Confidence.

FREE MEDICAL FACILITIES.

  • Model Primary Health Centre, BUNDU.
  • Model Primary Health Centre, AZOABIE.
  • ROS Dental Clinic, DLINE.
  • Our Saviours Hospital, BORIKIRI.
  • LENS Eye Clinic, ELEME JUNCTION.

To round up an exciting and eventful AGM 2019, a Dinner Party was held strictly for Doctors and R.S.V.P Guests at Jevenik Place GRA Phase 2. There, the week-long AGM was concluded, and the Vote Of Thanks was given by the Secretary, NMA Rivers State, Dr Diamond Tamunokuro, Acknowledging Special Guests, Doctors, Corporate sponsors, media houses and the general public for the successful completion of the 2019 NMA AGM.

More to Come in 2020.

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OVERVIEWING THE CARE OF THE UNKNOWN PARIENT; The Physicians’ Week 2019

It was a good time at the same time of the year when Physicians come out the evaluate the previous year and channel a way forward. Filled in this week are many exciting activities.

Watch a clip of the Physicians Week below…

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COME LET’S BUILD THE BRIDGE

From the beginning, passing the practice from one generation to the other was best done through Apprenticeship.

Undergraduate medical school and postgraduate residency program was so forged so as to protect the soul of our noble profession.

The Apprentices of Hippocrates became renowned physicians same as those of Ransome-Kuti, Adeoye Lambo and Kelsey Davidson whose grandstudents presently sit highly in the fields of Paediatrics, Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology respectively.

What’s the case today? How healthy is this soul of our profession?

Mentor-Mentee Relationship in modern medical practice; bridging the gap.

Come let’s build the bridge and forge the future at the Young Doctors’ Day 2019 holding at the NMA HOUSE on 18th October, 2019. Green carpet starts by 11am Prompt.

Don’t be told; experience it!

#YDD2019
#TheUnknownPatient
#PhysiciansWeek2019

Precious Anuonyeh
PRO-NMA R/S

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FROM THE CHAIRMAN, AGM 2019 COMMITTEE…

Let’s consider a scenario where health insurance was universal and provided N20,000 per capita per annum, and professional fees made up about 20% of medical bills. With an estimated seven million people in Rivers State, the average Rivers doctor, being responsible for the maintenance of about 5,000 Rivers lives, would earn at least N1.5 million monthly. This is the kind of vision statement I would expect from my professional association.

The purpose of an association like ours is to look after the general and common interests of members with regard to practice. We realize this purpose by monitoring the economic development and legislation in Medicine, making proposals and propositions, and issuing statements relating to these. Our association also instructs and advises members on matters concerning the practice of Medicine by arranging meetings and courses, and by drawing up reports.

The time has come in the year when we meet with some fanfare to further our common practice interests. AGM 2019 coming up from the 4th to 10th of August is no longer news. Our Chairman, in her wisdom, put together a team she charged with organizing the kind of meeting and courses that would change the narrative of doctors in Rivers State coming together to further their common interests.

The AGM and other activities of the week are already provided for and are yours to attend free of charge. We expect every health establishment to acknowledge the AGM week and operate skeletally so as to allow members attend and participate actively. Please note that conference fees are not tied to attendance, not even for core conference activities. Conference fees only earn an attendee a PAPHSS certification and special welfare packages that include quality conference materials and gift items, and extra special conference meals.

The 2019 AGM week comes with the usual conference and meeting schedules but this time around it would have some new programmes that would make it unique.

In line with the theme for this year, and to announce the kick-off of the AGM week, there would be a fitness walk on Saturday, 3rd August, in partnership with the Ministry of Sports and all fitness instructors in Port Harcourt. The plan is for doctors to lead over 2000 persons on a walk/campaign to promote physical activity amongst residents of Rivers State.

Another novel activity expected at this year’s AGM week is a multi-center free specialist medical services in Port Harcourt that would require some of us to offer our clinical services or facilities for free. Radio announcements will call for patients to report for screening and appointment scheduling prior to Friday, 9th August when the programme will take place.

For the first time there will be a conference workshop that goes along with certification. The workshop is to be facilitated by the PSGSI AFRICAN PROGRAMME ON HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS SAFETY (PAPHSS). The workshop will hold over the two days of the conference.

Also happening alongside the conference and the AGM proper, would be a medical fair that would have major medical equipment and pharmaceutical companies exhibit and sell products at discounted rates. Other business related vendors would also be on hand to showcase their specialized products and services, all of which you cannot afford to miss.

Being an AGM with a difference, even the usual programmes promise to be worth sacrificing precious clinical man-hours for. I wish to use this medium to call on all doctors that practice and reside in Rivers State to keep the 3rd to 10th of August 2019 free and endeavour to attend and participate actively.

I look forward to seeing everyone of us at the AGM.

I am Dr Angus Ikpe, Chairman, 2019 AGM Organizing Committee

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*Invitation to Participate in a one-day Training Workshop on the Practice of Infection Prevention and Control for Health Care Settings*

*Invitation to Participate in a one-day Training Workshop on the Practice of Infection Prevention and Control for Health Care Settings*

The Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria (APHPN) Rivers State Branch is the umbrella body of all Public Health Physicians.

As part of our quarterly Continuing Professional Development Series we are organizing a one-day training workshop on the

*’Practice of Infection Prevention and Control for Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers and other Infections’*

This workshop is focused on improving the competence of health workers in the practice of Infection Prevention and Control in Health Care Settings. It is therefore targeted at all health workers in public and private institutions in the state.

This theme is apt at a time like this when Outbreaks of Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers like Lassa fever and monkey pox is on the increase. It is common knowledge that health workers are usually the worst affected during such outbreaks.

We are therefore inviting members of your institution/association to register for and attend this workshop with details as follows

Date: Friday 12th April 2019

Time: 9am to 2pm

Venue: NMA House KM 16 East West Road PH

Workshop Fee: N1,000 only.

(Light refreshments, a certificate of participation and 5 CME points will be awarded)

Trainers include:

Dr Golden Owhonda DPH &DC RSMOH

Dr Alali Dan-Jumbo

Deputy Chief Medical Director RSUTH

Pharm Chinenye Ifeoma Okafor

State Coordinator

World Health Organization Rivers State Office

To register please pay N1,000 only to the association account as follows

Name: APHPN Rivers State

Bank : *Zenith bank*

Account no: *1013483039*

Then send an SMS or Whatsapp message to

+234 803 229 8342 or +234 803 710 6266

with your full name, institution/association and professional cadre.

Registration deadline is Friday 5th April 2019.

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*ARD-UPTH COURTESYCALL TO THE CMAC-UPT

Incontinuation of the present ARD UPTH leadership’s drive to foster a cordial working relationship with the management, the President of the association, Dr Utchay Agiri (Jr) led the executives to pay a courtesy call on the UPTH CMAC, Prof. P. C. Stanley.

The President had earlier introduced the members of the executive and went further to intimate the CMAC that ARD under his leadership is poised to working in tandem with the management to achieve set goals of restoring the pride of UPTH. He expressed the hope that there can always be a win-win situation in conflict resolution using the tools of proper communication and understanding.

In his response, the CMAC congratulated the new executives. He highlighted the importance of selflessness on the part of leaders and understanding and patience on that of the led.

The CMAC, who was a formal ARD president of JUTH, said leadership is selfless and should have the best of intentions. He further said his door is open for discussions on matters of interest.

He assured ARD that the hospital management will sustain the high premium it places on workers’ welfare and wished the new leadership a successful tenure in office.

Other top management staff present during the courtesy call were the Deputy CMACs, Dr. Ocheli, a formal NARD president and Dr Wokoma. They both had to lend their voices to advice on the way forward and suggested the imperatives of broad based consultation of issues of public interest.

DR. MBOOH DUMBARI NOBLE
PUBLICITY/SOCIAL SECRETARY

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