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.
Hearts Without Thorns…
The Christian Medical and Dental Association of Nigeria – Students’ arm, Abia State University Teaching Hospital (CMDA Nigeria – Students ABSUTH) presents her healing balm newsletter for the year 2020 titled “HEARTS WITHOUT THORNS”.
It’s a book culled to enable it’s reader to understand the concept of living a life free from thorns and toxins which make our love for God unstable and wavering.
It aims at equipping every reader with the knowledge and consciousness of his existential state.
You know we happen to live in a world where everyone is doing it the way they seem fit, some feel they’re doing it right, some know they’re not on track but they’re just doing it anyways.
It’s expedient for us to understand that not everyone who is a Christian is actually one. You know Judas was a follower of Jesus for 3yrs yet the scriptures recorded that he loved money so much, which was the legal premise by which the devil found expression in him to betray JESUS.
This book will enable us to understand some deep facts about staying in alignment with Christ and his Business.
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Port Harcourt to Remember…
MDCAN JANUARY NEC 2020 : PORT HARCOURT TO REMEMBER
The long awaited MDCAN January 2020 NEC meeting has kicked off today, Wednesday, 22nd January, 2020 with the arrival of the members of the NOC.
Port Harcourt is a tourist’s dream destination. It is also known as the treasure base of the Nation. The city offers a good blend of business and social activities for an unforgettable experience for visitors.
The Rivers people are very hospitable and friendly. There are several local cuisines ranging from roasted plantain served with fish sauce and the popular native soup containing sea foods that can be eaten with pounded yam or fufu.
There are important historic sites and pleasure parks that may interest you.
This NEC will feature:
- Admission of new NEC members.
- Update on the PhD Vs Fellowship Saga.
- Unveiling the Road Map & Agenda of Prof. Kenneth Ozoilo led NOC for 2019- 2021.
- And lots more…
- The NPS will transmit happening at the NEC meeting through Live Streaming,on both MDCAN NEC and National platforms.
I wish all NEC members and observers journey mercies.
Abidemi Emmanuel OMONISI.
National Publicity Secretary, MDCAN.
Welcome to the MDCAN NEC Meeting, Port Harcourt 2020.
The Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) presents the National Executive Council (NEC) Meeting, Port Harcourt 2020.
The theme of this event is Revamping the Health Care System in Nigeria: Re-echoing the Role of Stakeholders.
Date: 22nd – 26th January, 2020.
Venue: Nigerian Bar Association Port Harcourt, Branch House,No. 1 Bank Road Opposite PHALGA, Multipurpose Hall Second Floor, Port Harcourt.
Keynote Speaker: Eze (Prof.) Promise N. C. Abuwa.
Chairman of the occasion: Emeritus Prof. Nimi Briggs
Special Guest of Honour: Chief. Ezebunwo Wike. Executive Governor of Rivers State.
Guests of Honour: *Sir Dr. Peter Odili *Senator Betty Okagua Apiafi
Hosts: * Dr Friday Aaron (CMD RSUTH) * Dr Kenneth Okagua (CMD RSHMB)
Chief Host: * Dr A.M Harry
President MDCAN: Prof. Kenneth Ozoilo
Program of Events
Wednesday 22nd January, 2020 : Arrival of National Officers.
Thursday 23rd January, 2020: Courtesy visits by NOC/Arrival of NEC members/ Welcome cocktail party.
Friday 24th January, 2020: CME/Opening Ceremony/NEC 1
Saturday 25th January, 2020: Health Walk 6am/NEC 2/Tour of Health facilities
Sunday 26th January, 2020: Press Conference/Departure
Welcome to Port Harcourt, we trust your stay will be remarkable and unforgettable.
Dr. Ebbi Robinson.
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