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!


Precious Anuonyeh



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


*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.



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.




*Who’s Dr. Ebbi Robinson?*
Dr Ebbi Donald Robinson was born in Buguma in Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State in South-South Nigeria and completed his basic medical education in University of Port Harcourt in 2002.

He had a Master’s degree in Public Health Administration in 2007 from the Imo State University and did his specialist training in Radiology at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital now Rivers State University Teaching Hospital where he became the President of the Association of Resident Doctors.

Dr. Ebbi Robinson became a fellow of the faculty of Radiology in the West African College of Surgeons in 2016.
He is a member of many professional associations including the Association of Radiologist in Nigeria, Nigerians Society of Intervention Radiology, Radiologic Society of North America and European Society of Radiology. As a radiologist, his interest is interventional radiology.

He is currently a consultant Radiologist with the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital and the Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association Rivers State branch.

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The leadership of ARD RSUTH held its first retreat for its new executive officers at the NMA House. Tolling the step of the mother body, the smart and articulated president of the chapter, Dr. Osoma Smith chose to start on this slate with his fellow executives.

Dr Datonye Alasia, the leadership expert and former NMA chairman lectured the executives on Human Resources Management and the psychology around it.

Dr. Prince Dan-Jumbo, who is highly skilled in ARD and NARD leadership, having been two times president of ARD-UPTH and president of NARD (2014/2015) lectured the executives on the History of NARD and Leadership in a non-profit organization.

Other highlights of the event included the development of the vision, mission and lectures on communication and leadership, publicity and public image and training on strategic goal setting.

Dr Alasia also taught the executives strategic plan review and SWOT/PEST analysis.

All executives were fully represented even with the Director of Socials and Treasurer of the House Officers’ arm.

*Precious Anuonyeh*




The NMA land in the FCT has remained undeveloped for well over 20 years and stands a high risk of re-vocation if it remains so. NOC in August NEC at oshogbo, Osun state presented a proposal of special building levy for all doctors in the country. N20,000 for doctors less than 10years of practice and N40,000 for doctors more than 10years of practice.

1. NEC at UYO unanimously observed that NMA is about the only professional body at its level without a beffitting secretariat in the Federal capital territory and should do everything possible to build a befitting secretariat on its land in the FCT.

2. NEC also observed that the best way to actualize collection of special building levy from all doctors across the country is through the MDCN platform.

3. NEC however observed that the decision by NOC to make mandatory payment of the building levy as a prerequisite for renewal of the 2019 practising licence without proper sensitization of members may not allow for willing, grudge-free response to the payment of the building levy.

4. NEC also observed that the association needs more time to properly sensitize her members across the country and appropriately prepare them for the levy.

1. NEC resolved that the mandatory NMA building levy payment as a prerequisite for renewal of 2019 practising licence be removed from the MDCN platform to allow members have hitch-free access to their profiles and complete the 2019 licence renewal before December 31st 2018.

2. That all doctors in the country should be advised to voluntarily pay the building levy as proposed from now till December 31st 2018.

3. That payment for building levy will be a mandatory step for completion of renewal of 2020 practising licence for those yet to voluntarily pay before then.

4. NOC should strengthen the already existing building committee for the adequate monitoring, prudent spending and meticulous management of all payments and donations for the NMA secretariat building to ensure the actualization of the project.

5.NEC also resolved that the association should continue sourcing for funds from well meaning Nigerians and philanthropists rigorously to augment the levy from members.

All members are therefore advised to comply with NEC resolutions and play their role in moving our noble association forward.
Thanks for your anticipated support.

For NMA Rivers State,
Dr Adebiyi Obelebra.
Dr Diamond Tamunokuro