The Physicians’ week 2021 hosted by the Akwa Ibom State branch of the association was officially declared open on Tuesday, 12th October 2021, by His Excellency, The Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel who was ably represented by the Deputy Governor of the state, His Excellency, Mr Moses Ekpo MFR.
The Keynote Speaker at the event was the former President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, GCON.
In his address, the President of the Nigerian Medical Association,Prof (Dr) Innocent A O Ujah FNMA, FNAmed, mni thanked the Akwa Ibom State branch for the successful hosting of the event and used the opportunity to advocate for improved funding for the health care delivery system and welfare of Physicians in the country.
Prior to the President’s speech, the Chairman of the occasion, Major General Isang rtd had presented his opening remark while the Chairman, NMA, Akwa Ibom State branch, Dr Ime Sylvester Udoh presented a welcome address.
The second Keynote address at the event was presented by Dr ABC Ojiarkor, Chairman, Seplat Energy.
Highlights of the event attended by top government functionaries, the Commissioner for Health, Akwa Ibom State, Prof Augustine Vincent Umoh, members of the NMA National Officers Committee (NOC), NEC members and Medical elders, members of the association from the Akwa Ibom State branch and various state branches included a panel discussion with the following as Distinguished panelists; Dr Udom Inoyo, former Executive Vice Chairman, ExxonMobil; Dr Igwele Pabara Newton, Honourable Commissioner for Health, Bayelsa State; Dr Betta Edu, Honourable Commissioner for Health, Cross River State and Pastor Umo Bassey Eno, Honourable Commissioner for Lands and water resources & Director, AKICORP.
The Physicians’ week continues today with the kick-off of the 5-day free medical outreach which was flagged-off by former President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday.
The outreach sponsored by Hensek Integrated Services Limited holds in Ikot Abasi LGA.
Dr Aniekeme Uwah JP
National Publicity Secretary
Nigerian Medical Association