On Cardiothoracic Surgery in Nigeria….

The complexities of cardiothoracic surgery are, simply put, mind blowing. It takes surgeons and anesthesiologists anywhere from two to eight hours to repair physiologic systems that are immediately responsible for the maintenance of human life. I just rounded up a cardiothoracic surgery elective at the Duke University Medical Center – needless to say, these guys […]

UK’s General Medical Council Rejects Degrees from Some Nigerian Universities

Like a significant number of my classmates, I moved to the United States after graduating from University of Nigeria. I never felt unprepared during both my residency and fellowship training. I felt I had a good clinical experience while acknowledging my deficiencies in medical related technology like MRI, CT, etc. I felt it would be […]

Corruption Threatens Future Funding for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Nigeria

The Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas annual convention held in Abuja, Nigeria in the summer of 2009 provided an opportunity for many Nigerian physicians practising in the US to connect with their colleagues back home. On one of the evenings after scientific sessions were over, and it was time for pepper soup and […]

ANPA 2012 Annual Meeting Date Announced

  The ANPA 2012 Annual Meeting will be held July 5-7, 2012 at The Venetian / Palazzo Hotel Las Vegas. This three day meeting provides participant knowledge related to the challenges facing minority health care providers in the provision of clinical and therapeutic services for diseases and conditions related to a variety of medical specialties. The meeting will feature […]

Proposed ban on overseas treatment for government officials in Nigeria: Not Yet Hurrah Time

Today I woke to accolades for the federal government of Nigeria for its plan to restrict government officials from seeking medical treatment in foreign countries if the Nigeria government was going to foot the bills for such treatment. The Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, told newsmen that a policy is in the offing to compel […]

Poor judgement, extraordinary luck.

This is a true story and happened in the past 6 weeks. I have not included the names of those involved because of HIPPA rules. I delayed posting this to make sure it had a happy ending. A Nigerian couple arrived in the United states 6 weeks ago. Wife was pregnant and they came with […]

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Health, Muhammad Ali Pate, Holds Webinar

Nigeria has one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world. Horror stories from Nigerian hospitals are not uncommon. What is the Federal Government doing to respond to these challenges? The Honorable Minister of State for Health, Dr Muhammed Ali Pate, will be the special guest at a Webinar organized by Andach Group. […]

Update: Oncology in Nigeria

On my way home after a long day of OCY lectures (Orientation to the Clinical Year), I stopped in front of the Duke Medical Library to make a phone call. This pause provided a rare opportunity for me to admire the very impressive outlines of Duke’s new Cancer Center. The building, scheduled for completion in […]

Muhammad Ali Pate receives the nod as Nigerian Minister of State for Health

The name Muhammad Ali Pate has “haunted” me throughout my time at Duke University. Whenever I discuss my intentions to return to Nigeria at some point in my medical career, I am faced with the question, “have you met Dr. Pate?” Given my workload, I continually postponed plans to request an audience with him, a […]

"Political Chaos" in Nigeria is the Underlying Disease, Declares ANPA Keynote Speaker, Professor Kelsey Harrison

Before a packed audience of hundreds of physicians and allied health professionals at the recently concluded ANPA convention in Chicago, the keynote speaker, Professor Kelsey Harrison, cited socio-economic and political chaos as the underlying disease behind Nigeria’s persistent health  crisis. His address, titled “The continuing high maternal mortality and morbidity in Nigeria is unacceptable” was […]

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