Save-a-million-mothers-initiative: As private medical doctors storm Abuja for medical dialogue, and honour supporters of healthcare in Nigeria

By Emma Okereh

All is now set for private medical doctors, under the aegis of Association of General and Private  Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN) to converge on Abuja,Nigeria’s federal Capital , on 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, national president of the AGPMPN stated 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 further 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 also gave names of Nigerians who will receive award at the event to 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. Among Other  Nigerians nominated for the award are personalities cutting across age, political and  social status.

In the post humous awards category are: Professor Dora Akunyili, former  Director-General  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 Ramsom 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,  renowned  philanthropist,   Dr.  Kayode Fayemi, Executive Governor, Ekiti State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, former executive governor  of  Ondo  state,  Hon.  Bashorun  Askia  Ogieh,  MD/CEO  DESOPADEC, Prof Onyebuchi  Chukwu,  Former  Minister  of  Health,  Dr.  Ifeanyi  Okoye,  MD/CEO,  JUHEL Pharmacy,  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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