From The President’s Desk

The 18th annual ANPA convention just ended in the beautiful city of Las Vegas. It was very well attended by our members and assorted guests. The scientific sessions were simply brilliant as were our speakers. There was a lot on Sickle Cell Disease and Information Technology and proceedings will be made available on our website. Our thanks and gratitude to our tireless Prof. Scott-Emuakpor (Program Chair), Drs Eche Ezeanolue and Ify Osunkwo (Sickle Cell Disease segment), Drs. Ben Nwomeh, Deji Adefuye, Tagbo Ekwonu (Information Technology segment) as well as the other contributors

After 2 years of productive service, Dr Fiemu Nwariaku formally handed over. The new ANPA executive are Drs Michael Etomi (President), Nkem Chukwumerije (President-Elect), Johnson Adeyanju (Treasurer) and Fiemu Nwariaku (immediate past President) replaces Dr Julius Kpaduwa who continues on the board. On behalf of the Exec committee, I thank our entire board and membership (especially those who made it to Las Vegas) for continuing to believe that we can make Nigeria healthier in the context of a healthier world.

The Chapter reports were well received and we hope to havenew chapters in Nevada and New York (yes you read it right!) very soon and strengthen Tennessee. The chapters are the critical components of ANPA and will be pivotal to our success. I will at this point once again thank the Southern California chapter (Chair-Dr Bambo Ojuri) for their contribution to the success of this convention and who took on the role of the host chapter.Our profound gratitude to Dr. Eche Ezeanolue who did a tremendous job coordinating the conference in the absence of a local chapter. Our membership (especially younger ones) continues to grow (64% increase in paid membership) and thanks to Dr Obinna Eruchalu (Chair).We shall have a designated member from each chapter on the membership committee.

The Advocacy committee Chair-Dr Abraham Osinbowale) will continue its sometimes frustrating work (don’t give up!) and will look at directly lobbying the Nigeria legislature and Presidency.

Our consultancy committee (Dr Benjamin Anyanwu) will have its hands ‘full’ as it supports groups working towards putting top level hospitals in Nigeria. We will continue to formalize partnerships with Gilead Sciences, InStrat Global Health Solutions (Information Technology),United/Arik, Kaplan ,etc

We extend our thanks to Lagos state government represented by the Health Commissioner Dr Jide Idris, Ondo state government by Dr Olusegun Mimiko for their contribution. We will more aggressively engage our colleagues in politics about our ANPA mission. We’ll also engage other professionals (e.g. Nigerian Bar Association and other professional bodies) who also are longing for good healthcare in Nigeria.

The November Board retreat will be in Nashville, TN and the 2013 convention will be in Charlotte, NC and proposed dates are June, 27-30 or July, 4-7. The 2014 convention will be in Los Angeles, CA

Thanks to our ANPA women (doc/non-docs).The Zumba, Tea/Hats show, coordination of our Children and men- ANPA truly needs you to succeed.

And now the best-what do you say about them ANPA-Carolina golfers led this year by Dr Yele Aluko and humble moi! swept all prizes and busted the Chicago Mafia on neutral ground. I truly thank Dr Obi Maduka for coordination of this fun charity event and the financial contribution it brings to ANPA ($3,000) this year. Thank you to all our hole sponsors.

And finally thanks to our secretariat (Nonie,Jill etc)-we cannot thank you enough! Keep up the good work.

We also had publicity with ThisDay press coverage of the convention which will continue to run for a few more weeks in Nigeria and hopefully let Nigerians know whatANPA is about.

Mike Etomi, MD

President, ANPA

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