Despite the declining attention given to the health sector in Nigeria and the deplorable way resident doctors are being treated in the country with a lot of resident doctors owed salaries for months, a resident doctor Dr. Gbujie Daniel has won a scholarship to Denver, Colorado to be trained on climate change.
The remarkable feat was confirmed last week when news began filtering into the country. It was just a joyful moment among young medical professionals in Nigeria and Africa.
Following the research done by our correspondent, there was indeed an official confirmation by the international organization, Climate Reality Projected that he will be received along side the selected outstanding participants around the globe by the former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore, one of the active global leaders on climate change.
Gbujie who recently concluded a U.N. course on Climate change was past Secretary General of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) from 2014-2016.
He is seen as one of the greatest NARD leaders ever and the greatest Secretary General of the National body following interactions with many members.
He is solely the brain behind affiliating the national association to the international organization that handles the affairs of resident doctors globally. He is a winner of many national, regional and international awards.
While still Secretary General of NARD he was invited by UNESCO bioethics committee to Naples, Italy where he made a presentation, ‘The current conditions of care for Africans with debilitating illnesses’. He was one of the first Africans to make such presentation.
He is a strong national leader who with other National officers of NARD in 2015 ensured the commencement of proper placement of resident doctors in the CONMESS scale. His personal commitment to the struggle was duly noted by all. He is also a social commentator and works with a few NGOs to provide free health services to rural people.
His effort over the years was recognized by the immediate past Minister of Health Dr. Khaliru Alhassan who issued a letter of appreciation to him and worked with the national body.
Nigerian Medical Association, the umbrella body of all doctors in Nigeria have also recognized the remarkable impact he has made over the years especially among doctors.
He was invited by the UNESCO Chair on Bioethics to the 12th World Conference in Cyprus, where he will serve as a speaker. He will be discussing the ethical perspectives of immigration, a paper he wrote.
Currently he is advocating for global support for Africa as a continent that will be greatly impacted by climate change. Focusing on the health impact of climate change especially on the health impact assessment and the need for government across the continent to develop a National Action Plan (NAP) using the UN template, he believes and holds the view that the climate change phenomenon is the greatest global health challenge of the 21st century. Speaking to our correspondent shortly before leaving for Denver, Colorado for leadership training, he is advising government and Nigerians to take the climate change impact seriously. He believes that the global economy and future development of any nation will depend on countries adaptive/mitigation strategies and preparedness in the future.
He advised young Nigerians who he believes have been shortchanged by poor visionary leadership over the years, saying “Irrespective of the current unfortunate predicament in the country one can still positively impact the society and its through hard work, determination, diligence and God’s favour”.
He holds the view that the health of the people is the sole responsibility of any genuine government and government must ensure that young professionals across board are adequately trained especially resident doctors because he knows that talents abound within them.
His colleagues agree strongly that he is a perfect embodiment of a great future leader and may well be one of the greatest NARD leaders of all times.
We say congratulations to Nigeria and to him!