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NMA Rivers State AGM 2019 LOC Chairman Speaks…

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Distinguished Rivers Colleagues,

Imagine a scenario where health insurance was universal and provided #20,000 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 2019 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.

Dr Angus Ikpe, Chairman, 2019 AGM Organizing Committee

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Where would you rather be? The NMA Dinner and Award Night.

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You should be at the NMA Dinner and Award Night this evening.

The week long 59th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the NMA Rivers State Chapter ends with a Dinner and Award Night today Saturday 10th of August 2019.

It promises to fun, music, comedy and food filled.

Expect cool classical cusic and entertainment from entertainment groups.

Our Compere for the dinner will be Kofi Bartels of Nigeria Info 92.3 PH.

The Chairman of the occasion is Dr. (Chief) Sonny Ajie.

Guests are to be seated by 5:00 PM.

There would also be Presentation of Awards.

Venue is JEVINIK PLACE #57 Tombia Street, G.R.A Phase 1, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Your Dinner Ticket admits 2 people and it is strictly by invitation.

See you there.

For further information, call 07035550157.

#WeareSet! #NMA #RiversState

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NMA Rivers State Free Medical and Surgical Care Programme 2019

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The Nigerian Medical Association Rivers State Chapter will be providing free multi-centre specialist consultation and surgeries to mark her Annual General Meeting 2019.

Screening is ongoing and will end today.

Do you have any medical or surgical condition, and you have delayed to seek treatment, due to financial constraints? Now is the time.

The Outreach will hold on Friday 9th August 2019.

Interested members of the public are requested to come for screening and subsequent assigning to providing facility.

Date:Monday 5th August, 2019.

Venue: Rivers State Primary Health Management Board, Waterlines, Port Harcourt.

Time: 9am.

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On your marks, Get set, Go, for the NMA Rivers AGM 2019.

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Prof. Nelson Brambaifa, a Professor of Pharmacology who has spent the greatest part of his life in making sure that the knowledge of Pharmacology is passed down to different generations of doctors or other health related disciplines.

He is the currently the Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), and he will be the Chairman of the Opening ceremony of the AGM as we discuss how to leverage on the social and environmental determinants of health in order to promote health in Rivers State, the Niger Delta region and Nigeria as a whole.

You can’t miss the AGM with a difference.

Don’t be told!

#agmwithadifference

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