Private Medical Doctors Storm Abuja, August 12.

—Set to honour North East Development Commission, others, as part of Centenary celebration.

By Tobs Agbaegbu

Private medical doctors, under the aegis of Association of General and Private  Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN),  will converge in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal Capital this week , Thursday, August 12, to discuss critical issues facing healthcare delivery in Nigeria as part of activities marking Centenary of the oldest medical association  in Nigeria.

Apart from engaging in healthcare dialogue, the AGPMPN  will undertake two other key activities: a fund-raise for N10billion in furtherance of the association’s  save-a –million-mothers – initiative   as well as appreciate through Special Awards, of contributions made by some Nigerians and institutions, in supporting healthcare practices and health infrastructural development in Nigeria.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja at the weekend, Dr.Iyke Odo, President of the AGPMPN state that ‘’arrangements have been concluded to make the centenary program  a huge success as Distinguished Senator Ken Nnamani , Chairman of the Occasion,  Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo ,the Chief Guest of Honour and other Special Invitees have been contacted, and many accepted to participate in person .’’

Dr. Odo Explained that the  save-a –million-mothers – initiative  is a segment of specially designed  programs of the centenary event to help address the challenge of high maternal mortality rate in the country.    

He disclosed that the North East Development Commission (NEDC) , the agency established in 2017 by the President Buhari administration to lead the reconstruction and development of Nigeria’s North East Zone ,will be among organisations and personalities that will be honoured for ‘’special  impact on Nigeria’s healthcare sector’’ .

In appreciation of the nomination , NEDC announced in a later signed by Abba Musa, Head of Corporate Services and dated August 9, 2021, that the organisation is elated by the gesture and will participate in the AGPMPN centenary events.

 The President of the private Doctor’s association  also released names of personalities who will receive award at the event.  They include  Dr. Godwin Maduka, Anambra State born but United States of America based medical practitioner and founder of the Las Vegas Pain Institute and Medical Center, United States of America ; Senator Tolu Odebiyi, who represents Ogun West Senatorial District of Ogun State in the Senate and Professor Maurice Iwu, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), who is also a renowned Professor of Pharmacognosy, for their special impacts in the health sector.

In the posthumous award  category are: Professor Dora Akunyili, former  Director-Genera  of  the  National  Agency  for  Food  and  Drug  Administration  and Control (NAFDAC), for her relentless fight against fake and unwholesome food and drugs, late Dr. Stella Adadevoh, for her supreme sacrifice in the fight against Ebola and Professor Olukoya Ransom Kuti, for his works in the area of paediatrics in the nation.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan will also receive an award for his servant-leadership in the fight against Ebola, under his watch as president. Nigeria’s  football  icon,  Kanu  Nwankwo,  won  a  nomination  in  another  category  for  his  selflessness  and  laudable  work  with  the  Kanu  Heart  Foundation,  through  which  a  lot  of  indigent children with heart conditions received free surgeries and other medical  interventions.

Also, a former First Lady, Mrs Maryam Abacha, who founded what is now referred to as the National Hospital Abuja, through her pet project, the Family Support Programme Initiative. It was originally known as the National Hospital for Women and Children.

Others include, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) foremost jurist and educationist, Chief Kessington  Adebutu,  renowed  philanthropist,  Dr.  Mrs  Maryam  Sani  Abacha,  Former  First  Lady,  Dr.  Kayode Fayemi, Executive Governor, Ekiti State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, former Executive Governor  of  Ondo  state,  Hon.  Bashorun  Askia  Ogieh,  MD/CEO  DESOPADEC, Professor  Onyebuchi  Chukwu,  Former  Minister  of  Health,  Dr.  Ifeanyi  Okoye,  MD/CEO,  JUHEL Pharmacy, Kanu Nwankwo, Founder, Kanu  Heart Foundation, Florence Otedola,  Founder, CUPPY  Foundation,  Alhaji  Abdulsamad  Rabiu,  Founder,  BUA  Foundation,  Sir  Emeka Offor, Founder, SEO Foundation, Sir Dr. Daniel Chukwudozie, Philanthropist. 

 Other  prominent  awardees,  in  the  political,  corporate  business  and  Non-Governmental organization  communities,  who  have  been  listed  for  the  great  impacts  they  have  made overtime in the health sector include, Save The Children International, Nigeria, International  Committee of the Red Cross, Society for Family Health and Clinton Health Access Initiative.

The event will hold at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

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