History was made last week as the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) in Federal Medical Center, Lokoja held her Inaugural Health Week/Scientific Conference.
The three-day event, supported by the Rotary Club of Lokoja Metro and PENKUP FOUNDATION, was held between October 19th to October 21st, 2016 in the hospital premises with the Grand Finale at Bazil Palace, Lokoja. The theme for the Health Week was ‘Research As A Veritable Tool For Residency Training’.
Speaking at the Opening Ceremony, the Ag. MD of the hospital Dr. Olatunde Alabi commended the association for conceiving the novel idea, adding that FMC-Lokoja has been put on the right pedestal as far as community service is concerned. He pledged continued support for resident doctors, encouraging them to maintain harmonious relationship with the hospital management while pending issues get sorted out.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr. Ahmed Attah who once served as Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Kogi State was full of praise for the leadership of ARD in FMC, Lokoja. “Despite the numerous challenges you’re currently going through, you deemed it fit to reach out to members of the community and render selfless service,” he said. He added, “It is a noble gesture, one that has entrenched the name of ARD, FMC-Lokoja in the sands of time.”
Highlights of the epoch-making event was a Symposium facilitated by Dr. Agbana Busayo Emmanuel, a Consultant Public Health Physician from Kogi State University, Anyingba. Dr. Agbana emphasised the need for resident doctors to get involved in research early in their career, stating that various update courses and professional exams require sound knowledge of research methodology. He itemised a number of research grants both within and outside the country that residents could access. Five (5) free CME (Continuous Medical Education) units were offered in an unprecedented show of commitment to the medical course.
A sample of schools present at the event were Harmony Secondary School, Government Science Secondary School and St. Clement’s Minor Seminary, all in Lokoja. The schools were given the opportunity to showcase their science equipment and artworks, as well participate in a hotly contested debate titled, ‘Should Abortion Be Legalized in Nigeria?’. Winners were presented with cash prizes for their efforts.
As part of activities for the Health Week, the resident doctors carried out free bedside laboratory investigations like Random Blood Sugar (RBS) and urinalysis for patients in the hospital. They also donated toiletries and multivitamins to patients in the wards.
To crown the events, outgoing House Officers and Corps Members were treated to a remarkable Send-forth Party at Bazil Palace, Lokoja. New House Officers were also welcome at the history-making event.
Present at the ceremony were the Kogi State NMA Chairman, Dr. Ogaraku Magnus who jointly presented gifts to celebrants with Dr. Ahmed Attah. The Ag. NMA National President, Dr. Adamu Alhassan Umar was a distinguished guest at the event. He offered his blessings to the noble group, and also presented mouth-watering prizes to the outgoing doctors.
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