The Annual ANPA Convention took place recently in Orlando, Florida from July 8-12, 2015.
The theme was ” Health Care Delivery During Conflicts, Disasters and Epidemics” It was in response to the recent Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.
The program covered all aspects of the theme and was delivered by experts from all over the world.
Emma Okafor, Ben Nwomeh, Ajovi Scott-Emuakpor, Kayode Obembe, Nkem Chukwumerije
Amaka Ekwonu, Ada Igonoh and Rosemary Oraedu.
Dr Ohiaeri and the Chukwumerije’s
The Convention started on Thursday, July 9 with the singing of the National Anthem of Nigeria and the USA by the talented Dr Olapeju Simoyan.
ANPA Florida Chair, Rosemary Oraedu, gives the welcome address.
ANPA President, Nkem Chukwumerije, declares the Convention open and gives the President’s Address.
Adia Benton, PhD delivers the Dan Nwankwo Memorial Lecture
Doris Nwankwo and Adia Benton, PhD
Dr Benjamin Ohiaeri gives first hand information about the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria. His medical facility, First Consultant Hospital, Lagos admitted the first case.
Dr Ada Igonoh, Ebola survivor, shares her heroic experience.
Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, Former Minister of Health, discusses the “Ebola Challenge”. He was Minister during the Nigerian Ebola outbreak and played a leading role in stopping the Epidemic.
There was a panel discussion on “Lessons from Ebola: Preparing for Future Epidemics”
Professor Bruce Ribner (Emory University), Dr Sampson Parker (ex commissioner of Health Rivers State) and Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu (Ex- minister of Health, Nigeria)
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu (EpiAfric), Dr Jide Idris (ex-commissioner of Health Lagos State) and Dr Benjamin Ohiaeri ( CMD, First Consultant Hospital, Lagos)
The conference continued on Friday, July 10 2015 with workshops and presentations by various speakers. The topics discussed included:
- Terrorism and Human Casualties
- Natural Disasters and Burden on Health Care
- Physician Performance Improvement/ Healthcare Management Workshop
ANPA President, Nkem Chukwumerije, presiding over the days event.
ANPA Florida Chapter Chair, Rosemary Oraedu, introducing the Florida State Surgeon General, Dr. John Armstrong.
Dr John Armstrong, Florida State Surgeon General, addressing Conference attendees.
Dr Kayode Obembe, Nigerian Medical Association President: Emergency Response under National Health Insurance Scheme.
Nicholas Kman, MD: Evolving a Strategy for Emergency Response to Natural Disaster: Flood, Road Traffic Accidents, Collapsed Buildings, Etc.
Sam Okpaku, MD, PhD: The Challenges of Victim Re-Integration into Society after Prolonged Captivity.
Kayode Obembe (NMA President) Nkem Chukwumerije (ANPA President)n and Jacob Akoh (MANSAG President)
The Convention continued on Saturday, July 11, 2015 with several events:
- Annual Golf Classics
Ladies Hat and Tea Event.
Other events included:
- Physician Performance Improvement/Healthcare Management Workshop
- Membership Forum
- Residency Applicants Workshop
- Advocacy Training Workshop
- Kaplan Test Taking Strategies
- ANPA Board Meeting
- ANPA Membership Meeting.
- Annual Gala Banquet and Silent Auction.
Thanks to the ANPA executive Committee, The Programs Committee, and the ANPA Florida Chapter for a successful 2015 Convention.