Nigerian Physicians Converge on Las Vegas

From ThisDay

For three days this week, Nigerian physicians will brainstorm on two major themes – sickle cell disease, and the impact of information technology on healthcare delivery – at their 18th Annual Scientific Assembly in Las Vegas, United States.

The gathering, which is under the canopy of Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA), an organisation comprising physicians and dentists of various healthcare specialties in the public and private sectors across North, Central and South America, is billed to hold between July 5 and 7 at Venetian/Palazzo Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

ANPA, one of the largest groups of African physicians outside Africa, says its primary mission is to improve the health of Nigerians and Africans anywhere in the World.

Currently, it is focusing on improving poor health and human development in Nigeria and other developing countries in the sub-region.

In the past 16 years, the association had embarked on over 50 medical missions to Nigeria, providing direct medical care to more than 150,000 Nigerians in the process. Its incoming President, Michael Etomi, said: “Our mission of a ‘healthier Nigeria in a healthier world’ arises from our belief that a healthy population in any community, leads to a safer, healthier and wealthier world.”

Etomi, who is Vice-President, Metrolina Nephrology Associates, Charlotte, North Carolina and medical director at Fresenius Home Dialysis, also in Charlotte, said ANPA had developed strong strategic partnerships with governmental and non-governmental agencies in North America and Nigeria, including signing memoranda of understanding with the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) to provide technical assistance in the health sector.

The three-day event is aimed at providing participants’ knowledge related to the challenges facing minority health care providers in the provision of clinical and therapeutic services for diseases and conditions in a variety of medical specialties.

Also, at the event, lectures providing state of the art technological advances that would impact the practice of medicine would be presented by members.

Article by Tokunbo Adedoja originally published in ThisDay

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