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It was a beehive of activities for the President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Prof (Dr) Innocent AO Ujah FNMA, FNAmed, mni during his 2-day official visit to Rivers State.

During the visit, the President had a lot of advocacy visits, one of which was a courtesy call on the Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Her Excellency, Dame (Dr) Ipalibo Harry Banigo on Thursday, 15th October, 2020.

Dr Aniekeme Uwah JP
National Publicity Secretary
16.10.20
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NMA DESCRIBES RIVERS MOTHER AND CHILD HOSPITAL AS STRATEGIC RESPONSE TO HEALTHCARE DELIVERY

The National President of Nigeria Medical Association(NMA), Prof. Innocent Ujah says the Mother and Child Hospital in Rivers State will solve a major healthcare challenge in the country.

Prof. Ujah made the assertion when he joined a team of Rivers Professionals to inspect facilities at the Mother and Child Hospital.

The NMA President who is also the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo, said there has been a lack for the care of mother and child in the country for years.

He stated that this gesture of the Rivers State Government clearly serves as a response to addressing that need.

“I am a gynaecologist with over 35 years of experience. I can tell you that we have lacked the care for the mother and child health needs. This is clearly a response to that need.

“As you know, our health indices are very poor in this country. One of the indicators of development is the quality of the care of the mother and child.

“There is need for us to have health facilities that will help us to reduce the high maternal deaths in pregnancy and childbirth. Infant mortality needs to be reduced too.

“This Mother and Child Hospital will serve as the fulcrum by which we can turn around the system in the South-South. This will ensure that we have quality health for our mothers and children.

“I commend the Government of Rivers State led by Governor Nyesom Wike for the concept of Mother and Child Hospital that is totally complete,” he said.

The Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association ( NMA), Rivers State Branch, Prof. Chizindu Alikor described the concept of Mother and Child Hospital as novel.

He stated that they expect the deployment of appropriate manpower and specialists to sustain quality health service in the hospital.

According to him, they are delighted to know that the hospital will serve as a training and research centre to develop more manpower for the sector.

Also speaking, the Rivers State Chairman of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Chima Ogbu said the health facility shows the readiness of the Rivers State Government to key into the Millennium Development Goals of child and maternal health.

He noted that as a deliberate effort of government, it would increase access to quality health for mothers and children.

Mr. Ogbu stated that his association is delighted that medication challenge that often bedevil hospital services has been given appropriate consideration.

According to him, Mother and Child Hospital will also open up an avenue for medical and health tourism for the State.


Paulinus Nsirim
Commissioner for Information and Communications
October 15, 2020.
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NMA Rivers update

 

NMA Rivers paid a courtesy call to the President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Christy Gabriel Nwankwo at the court complex in Port Harcourt on Friday 25th September, 2020. In attendance, were other Judges of the court. The visit served to strengthen collaboration between the medical and legal profession.

Speaking, the President of the court thanked the NMA for the visit and promised to support the NMA in her activities.
NMA Rivers pledged to support the expansion of clinical activities in the Appeal Court clinic and also institute periodic cardiovascular checks for staff.

The highlight of the visit was a tour of the Appeal Court clinic.

Dr. Irene Obuzor
PRO, NMA Rivers
27-9-2020

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NMA Rivers courtesy call to DSS Rivers State

 

The chairman NMA Rivers accompanied by members of the state exco paid a courtesy call to the Director, Department of State Security Service (DSS), Rivers State.

Security issues pertaining to health workers practicing in Rivers State were discussed. The visit further served to cement and strengthen the already existing partnership between the NMA and the DSS.

Dr. Irene Obuzor
PRO, NMA Rivers
24-9-2020

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NMA Rivers Update

The chairman NMA Rivers, Prof. Chizindu Alikor accompanied by members of the state officers committee, paid a courtesy call to the Rivers State Commissioner of Transport, Hon. Sam Soni Ejekwu.

While acknowledging the contributions of the ministry towards the fight against COVID 19 in the state, the chairman also highlighted ways in which the NMA can collaborate with the Ministry of Transport in carrying out eye checks and cardiovascular evaluation for commercial drivers in Rivers State.

Appreciating the NMA for the visit, the Honourable Commissioner promised to partner with the NMA in all its planned activities as it will ensure the safety of road users in the long run.

Dr. Irene Obuzor
PRO, NMA Rivers
24-9-2020

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NMA Rivers courtesy call to NTA Port Harcourt

 

The chairman NMA Rivers, Prof. Chizindu Alikor accompanied by members of the State Officers committee, paid a courtesy call to the Zonal director of NTA Port Harcourt network centre, Madam Bosede Adebayo.

Ways in which both organisations can collaborate were discussed. The strong link between health promotion and the media was highlighted. Plans were made to strengthen partnerships between the NMA and NTA.

The first project is a documentary featuring doctors to celebrate the upcoming *World Heart Day* coming up on *Tuesday 29th September 2020*. This year’s celebration is themed *”Use heart…for society, your loved ones and you* .

Dr. Irene Obuzor
PRO, NMA Rivers
24-9-2020

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NMA Rivers advocacy visit to Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board

 

The NMA Rivers State Executive Council paid a courtesy call to the Permanent Secretary, RSPHCMB, Dr. Agiriye Harry. In attendance, was the Director of Medical Services of the board, Dr. Siyeofori Dede.

Issues pertaining to the welfare of primary health care doctors in the Rivers State service were discussed.

Invitation was also extended to the board to partake in the upcoming Physicians’ week themed “Strategies for health system recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria” billed for 18th – 24th October, 2020.

Dr. Irene Obuzor
PRO, NMA Rivers
23-9-2020

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NMA Rivers State advocacy visit to the CMD of UPTH

NMA Rivers State led by the Chairman, Prof. Chizindu Alikor paid a courtesy call to the Chief Medical Director of University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Prof. Henry Ugboma. In attendance, were the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), the Deputy CMACs, the Director of Administration, the leadership of Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) UPTH and the leadership of Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) UPTH.

Appreciating the CMD who is a former ARD UPTH president and a former NMA Rivers chairman, Prof. Chizindu Alikor noted all the giant strides made by his administration, which has changed the face of health care delivery in UPTH. He also thanked the CMD for addressing the issue of bench fee which has been a source of concern to supernumerary state doctors undergoing Residency training in UPTH. He proceeded to enumerate the problems being faced by houseofficers, resident doctors and consultants in the employ of UPTH.

Responding, the CMD Prof. Henry Ugboma promised to address the issues raised. A firm commitment was made by all parties to work diligently to unify all doctors for the advancement of medical practice in the state.

Dr. Irene Obuzor
PRO, NMA Rivers
23-9-2020

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NMA Rivers advocacy visit to the Provost, College of Health Sciences, UNIPORT

The State Officers Committee of NMA Rivers State led by Prof. Chizindu Alikor, paid a courtesy call to the Provost, College of Health Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Iyeopu Minakiri Siminialayi.

Several critical issues were discussed including the welfare of members of the Medical and Dental Specialist Association in Basic Medical Sciences (MeDSABAMS).

Ways in which the NMA can partner with the college were highlighted such as the organisation of leadership seminars for medical students in collaboration with the Port Harcourt University Medical Students Association (PUMSA).

Dr. Irene Obuzor
PRO, NMA Rivers
17-9-2020

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NMA Rivers advocacy visit to the Chief Medical Director of Rivers State Hospitals Management Board

Accompanied by members of the State Officers Committee, the Chairman of NMA Rivers, Prof. Chizindu Alikor paid a courtesy call to the CMD of the Rivers State Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Kenneth Okagua. Also in attendance, were directors in the board.

Expressing delight that a past State Executive Council member of the NMA was the occupant of this critical administrative position, the NMA Chairman sought for the support of the board in addressing the welfare needs of doctors in the employ of the Rivers State government, who are posted to various secondary and tertiary health parastatals in the state.

Responding, the CMD intimated the association about the recent activities of the board which have been centred around optimizing health care delivery in the various General Hospitals in the state. He assured the NMA of his commitment to helping the association achieve it’s goals of protecting the interest of it’s members.

Dr. Irene Obuzor
PRO, NMA Rivers
17-9-2020

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