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Awka Zonal NMA concludes Physicians Week

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Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Awka Zone has rounded off its Physicians Week with a Thanksgiving/Rededication Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Awka.

The week commenced with a visit to two motherless babies home in Awka followed by a scientific conference with the theme “Nigeria in the Post-COVID Era: Health Systems Strengthening for National Security and Prosperity” and sub themes “Preparing for the Next Infections Disease Pandemic and Response COVID-19 as a Case Study”, and “Reproductive Health in the COVID-19 Era”.

A football match between the Nigerian Medical Association and the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria which ended 2-1 in favour of the pharmacists followed before the luncheon and award ceremony at the NMA Secretariat Complex.

Evaluating the activities of the week, the chairman, Physicians Week Planning Committee and the Awka Zonal Vice Chairman of the NMA, Dr. Emma Umenweke described the week as a success and the best outing of the association in the last five years.

Dr. Umenweke used the forum to urge the federal and other authorities to look into the hazards facing the medical profession such as poor funding of the medical sector, poor remuneration of doctors and lack of medical infrastructure which occasion medical brain drain.

The medical expert called for increased budgetary allocation to the health sector, provision of adequate infrastructure and equipment to complement the abundant trained health personnel in the country.

On his part, a lecturer in obstetrics and gynecology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, and the 2021 NMA Award Winner, Dr. Samuel Umenononihu dedicated his award to the Nigerian Medical Association members who have contributed immensely to the provision of health care to the citizenry.

Dr. Umeononihu, whose philosophy in life is that “if corruption must go in the society, it must start with people”, called on the affluent to engage in charitable activities for the poor masses to have a sense of belonging.

As a philanthropist, he said in the last five years, he has been involved in medical missions with the most recent at his Amichi community where 48 free major surgeries valued at N250,000 each were performed.

During the scientific conference, the governor’s representative and the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Vincent Okpala spoke of the efforts of the Anambra State Government to stem the spread of the COVID-19 disease and expects all stakeholders in the health sector to be vanguards of ensuing that the COVID-19 protocols are strictly adhered to.

At a reception after the thanksgiving/mass celebration at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, in Awka, the Awka Zonal Chairman of NMA, Dr. Kanayo Onalu expressed delight in the success of the Physicians Week expecting all doctors in the zone to redouble their zeal in the NMA affairs.

During the reception, a one time Awka Zonal Chairman of the NMA, (1994 – 1996) Dr. Cyprian Afunugo, pepped up the stage with his jokes and used the forum to invite doctors to the wedding of one of his children slated for the 20th of November, 2021, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka.

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