In a fitting tribute to colleagues who tragically lost their lives in a ghastly motor accident that occurred on Sunday, April 24th, 2016, medical doctors in Kogi State organised a two-day memorial event in their honour.
As reported by Footprints, the medical world received with shock the news of the untimely death of six medical doctors from Ekiti State in an auto crash along Abuja-Kaduna expressway on their way to participate in the 56th Annual Delegates Meeting (ADM) of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Sokoto State. (See SIX MEDICAL DOCTORS DIE IN FATAL AUTO CRASH.)
The memorial event saw doctors in Kogi State converge in Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja to pay their last respects to their fallen heroes.
The hashtag #EkitiSeven has trended in social media circles over the past two weeks.
Speaking at the event, the NMA Secretary, Dr. Jimmy Idama who represented the NMA Chairman, Dr. Austine Ojotule said the medical doctors who lost their lives deserve the honour they are being accorded nationwide. “A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts; through us they live on,” he declared.
The MDCAN Chairman, Dr. Bernard Ododo in his remarks opined that the group from Ekiti State have become “the celebrated heroes of the medical profession in Nigeria”. He added that the resolve and determination of Nigerian medical doctors is more than ever before towards ensuring upliftment of the medical profession to the level of international best standards.
Dr. Kennedy Obohwemu, President of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) in FMC, Lokoja eulogized the fallen heroes, saying they were “gallant soldiers of NARD and NMA who lived all their lives in the defense of the unity of the medical profession and saw NARD/NMA live up to the expectations of Nigerian doctors.” He added that their death is a great loss to NARD and NMA, and the entire Nigerian doctors home and abroad.
“With deep sense of the awareness of the moral responsibilities placed on us by their death, their good legacies will always be honoured and immortalised,” he said.
“Our sincere condolences to the families of the deceased, ARD FTH Ido-Ekiti, NMA Ekiti State, the government of Ekiti State and the entire Nigerian doctors.
We are consoled knowing that they rest in the bosom of the Lord. They lived a life of service to their families, patients and fellow medical doctors at all levels. Life may not be best measured by the number of years lived but by the quality of the life lived.
We celebrate their lives which were well lived and ended while on active and selfless service.”
Prayers were offered for the repose of the souls of the departed colleagues, led by Dr. Peace Nnamdi (Secretary, ARD FMC-Lokoja) and Dr. Yunusa Sheidu (Secretary, ARD Kogi State Specialist Hospital, Lokoja).
In his closing remarks, the Acting Medical Director of FMC-Lokoja, Dr. O. Alabi called on all present to re-evaluate their lives in the face of uncertainties surrounding our daily affairs, emphasising that “the only thing certain in this world is death”.
The Public Relations Officer of FMC-Lokoja, Mr. Abdulrahman Abdullahi thanked everyone who squeezed out time to attend the event.
The candle-light procession was preceded by a Novelty Football Match which saw members of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) take on local rivals Ball-Boys FC in a mouth-watering head-to-head clash.
The event was proudly supported by the Medical & Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), FMC-Lokoja Chapter and the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Kogi State.
Dr. Adewale A. Abolore, a Consultant Nephrologist in FMC-Lokoja opened the ceremony by kicking the matchball.
Enjoy a random collection of images from the sporting encounter.